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Monday Inspiration: Sporting Firsts


Posted by Cags R on 23 April 2012 at 7:00 AM

Last Monday thousands of women ran in the Boston Marathon. So why is that impressive?
Well 50 years ago women weren't even allowed to enter!

In 1966 Roberta 'Bobbi' Gibbs also known as 'the bandit runner' was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. As women were banned from participating Bobbi hid in the bushes and jumped into the race so as to get past the officials!

Who's your favourite inspirational  #SportingFirst?

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    1973 Billy Jean King wins 'The Battle of the Sexes' - awesome #SportingFirst

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    Back in the 1950s and 60s Jim Hogan was competing at a high level but the athletics board at the time was a joke. They even posted out travel tickets that didn't arrive until after an event! Jim got frustrated and moved to London and ran for england, going on to win the European Marathon Championships in 1966. He was also a great barefoot runner!

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