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Dutch Courage for Tube Map

A famous Dutch Olympic athlete, Fanny Blankers-Koen, will be featured on the London Underground Olympic Legends Map after a rethink by designers.

The star of the 1948 London Olympics was a champion pentathlete, sprinter and hurdler. She also excelled at long and high jump.

Nicknamed the Flying Housewife, Fanny Blankers-Koen had initially been left off the map which features famous athletes in place of station names.

Each underground line is dedicated to a sports discipline, such as track and field or boxing.

Some of the biggest names in sports history are featured, including sprinter Usain Bolt as Victoria, multi-gold medal winning rower Sir Steve Redgrave as Knightsbridge and basketball great Michael Jordan as King’s Cross St. Pancras.

One of the biggest stars of the 1948 London Olympics, Fanny Blankers-Koen is credited with doing much to advance the role of women in sport. She died in 2004 in her home town, Hoofdorp.

 

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