Fanny Blankers-Koen

 

 

Age: 85

 

Summary: Dutch track and field athlete who was honored in 1999 as the best female athlete of the 20th century by the International Association of Athletics Federations, who won a record four gold medals for the Netherlands at the 1948 Olympics (tying Jesse Owens record from 1936 and later tied by Carl Lewis in 1984), who during her career set 20 track and field world records, and who is a national icon in her country.

 

 

Cause of Death: Alzheimer's disease

 

Born: April 26, 1918

 

Died: January 25, 2004

 

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands