The Fanny Blankers-Koen Games (AA Drink FBK-Games) is the most important Dutch top athletics event in The Netherlands. The AA Drink FBK-Games is part of the IAAF World Challenge.
Since 1981 the AA Drink FBK-Games are being organized in Hengelo. The Games are named after Fanny Blankers-Koen, the best Dutch athlete of all time. At the Olympic Games in 1948 she won 4 Gold medals and in 2000 the International Association of Athletics Federations crowned here as the best athlete of the 20th century. Hence forth here name has a good international appeal. The in 2007 newly renovated track stadium with a capacity of 15.000 spectators also carries her name.
Athlete’s world wide
Every year athletes from al over the world come to compete in Hengelo. At the AA Drink FBK-Games were present famous (former) athletes as Carl Lewis, Sebastian Coe, Marion Jones, Ellen van Langen and of course Haille Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele. Haille Gebrselassie even ran 4 world records in Hengelo. At the 5K, the double mile and twice on the 10K. Partly because of this he is been appointed honorary citizen of Hengelo and goes by the name of ‘Mr. Hengelo’. The world record that Kenenisa Bekele ran on the 5K in 2004 (12.37.35) still stands!
Haile Gebrselassie competing at the 2009 AA Drink FBK-Games.
AA Drink FBK Games 2014