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Nettie Witziers-Timmer

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameJeanette Josephina Maria "Nettie"•Witziers-Timmer
Used nameNettie•Witziers-Timmer
Born22 July 1923 in Amsterdam (NED)
Died25 January 2005 in Amsterdam (NED)
AffiliationsZeeburg, Amsterdam (NED)
NOC Netherlands

Biography

Nettie Witziers was a very successful relay sprinter. She was a member of the Dutch relay team, breaking the world record in the 4×110 yard in 1944, as well as the 4×200 m record. The latter was also a political statement, as the Netherlands were still occupied by German forces at the time, and the previous record holders were Germany. After the war, Nettie Witziers ran on the relay team that won the European 4×100 m title in 1946, together with Fanny Blankers-Koen, Martha Adema and Gerda van der Kade-Koudijs. Trained by Fanny’s husband Jan Blankers, the girls trained for the 1948 Olympics. In London, they would add a second international title to their tallies, with Xenia Stad-de Jong running for Adema. Their title was notable, not just for being Blankers-Koen’s fourth gold medal, but also because the entire Dutch team consisted of married women with children - a rarity in those days. Due to the dominance of Blankers-Koen, Witziers never won a Dutch title during her career.

Personal Bests: 100 – 12.3 (1944); 200 – 25.5 (1946); LJ – 5.56 (1944).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Athletics NED Nettie Witziers-Timmer
4 × 100 metres Relay, Women (Olympic) Netherlands 1 Gold

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