The FBK Games is the Dutch athletics’ classic. It forms part of the IAAF World Challenge and Hengelo takes its turn on the list of competitions from Melbourne, Osaka, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, Daegu, Moscow and Berlin.
The event was named after Fanny Blankers-Koen, the best ever Dutch athlete. She won four gold medals at the 1948 Olympic Games and in 2000 was chosen as best athlete of the 20th Century by the international athletics’ federation.
The Netherlands elite
The Dutch contribution is an important addition to the event. Our very own world top-level athlete, Dafne Schippers and Churandy Martina, are welcome guests at the FBK Stadium.
Athletes from across the world come to Hengelo every year. Greats such as Carl Lewis, Sebastian Coe and Haile Gebrselassie have all competed at Hengelo. Gebrselassie even set four world records at Hengelo: in the 5,000 metres, the two-mile event and twice in the 10,000 metres. He was also appointed Honorary Citizen of Hengelo and is even known as ‘Mr Hengelo’.