Fanny Blankers-Koen statue unveiled by Sebastian Coe

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    Hengelo, The Netherlands – Outside the FKB Stadium in Hengelo, which will play host to the Thales FKB-Games, an IAAF Grand Prix status meeting as part of the IAAF World Athletics Tour 2007, on Saturday 26 May 2007, a statue was unveiled yesterday (9) to commemorate the life and achievements of ‘FKB’ – Fanny Blankers-Koen.

    This is the latest honour to be bestowed on Fanny Blankers-Koen (NED), the IAAF Athlete of the Century, at the 2004 edition of the Hengelo Grand Prix she was posthumously award with the IAAF Golden Order of Merit, the sport's world governing body's highest honour.

    Blankers-Koen died on Sunday 25 January 2004, at the age of 85, and will be chiefly remembered for winning four gold medals in the same Olympic Games. Blankers-Koen, won the 80m Hurdles, the 100m, the 200m and the 4x100m at the 1948 Games in London.

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