Dr Joan Ullyot obituaryThe men's marathon has been a centrepiece of every modern Olympic Games since 1896. The women's event was not included until Los Angeles in 1984. In Moscow four years prior the longest women’s race was the 1,500m. Bobbi Gibb broke the gender barrier at the prestigious Boston Marathon in 1966.
Dr Joan Ullyot obituary
The Olympics have made strides towards gender equality since the early days, when the punishment for a woman attending the ancient Games was to be thrown off a cliff.Yet while the men’s marathon has been a centrepiece of every modern Olympic Games since 1896, the women’s event was not included until