First mother athlete

  Fanny Blanks-Cohen was the first mother athlete to win worldwide acclaim. The 30-year-old Dutch woman won an unprecedented four gold medals at the London Olympics in 1948, proving that children (she has a 7-year-old boy named Jan and a 3-year-old girl named Fanny) are not invincible. good reason.
  At the 1948 Olympics, Blanks Cohen won first place in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 80-meter hurdles. As the best sprinter of the four athletes on the relay team, she was the last leg of the championship team, the Netherlands, who relied on her for the final sprint to get to the finish first.
  At the Berlin Olympics in 1936, she stood out when she represented the Dutch high jump team, when she was less than 20 years old. By the time she triumphed in 1948, she was also the world record holder for the long jump and high jump. Fanny Blanks Cohen is indeed an athletic genius.
  It was revealed that she was three months pregnant when she competed at the London Olympics. After the birth of her third child, she returned to sports and set a world record in the 200-meter dash in 1950. At the European Championships in the same year, she won first place in the 100m, 200m and hurdles. Then in 1951 she set another world record in the pentathlon.
  In 1987, the Organizing Committee of the World Athletics Championships invited Blanks Cohen as a special guest. In an interview with reporters, she told reporters that on the eve of the London Olympics, what made many doubt her ability to win was not the fact that she was a mother, but her age.
  ”(Having) children didn’t hold me back at all,” she said. “A few months after Zhan was born, I tied the world record in the 80-meter hurdles and continued to train as before. During World War II, due to extreme food and conditions Poor, so training is tough. Being a mother is not a problem, I put babies in a stroller and push them into the gym.” She said she was happy, her trainer Jen is also her husband, So children are not seen as a burden.