Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Running

Honor for pioneer at last

BOSTON — Atsede Baysa learned a little about the Boston Marathon's history a few days before she ran in it, hearing how Bobbi Gibb was turned down for a spot in the 1966 event but ran anyway to show that women could handle the 26.2 miles.

Then, after winning the race, Baysa asked if she could meet with Gibb.

Tuesday morning, Baysa presented Gibb with the 2016 Boston Marathon trophy — a silver cup she had earned on Boylston Street less than 24 hours earlier. Because Gibb, who also ran in 1967 and '68, came before women were officially allowed to enter, she never got a trophy of her own after any of her three first-place finishes.

"She's inspiring for us, being women and runners," Baysa said. "Now we are running around the globe. Her story is very touching."

Fifty years after Gibb broke the Boston Marathon's gender barrier, the Boston Athletic Association made her the grand marshal of the 120th edition of the race.

Gibb said she would only keep the trophy for one year because Baysa deserved to have it. "I was so impressed with what she did" in the race, Gibb said.

Tennis

Double bagel win for Kvitova

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova swept past qualifier Luisa Chirico 6-0, 6-0 to reach the second round of the WTA Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany. Ana Ivanovic rallied to top qualifier Carina Witthoeft 7-6 (7-3), 6-0.

Official banned: The International Tennis Federation banned Croatian official Denis Pitner for 10 years for working at tournaments without telling organizers he had been suspended from the sport.

Olympics

Concerns over Rio venues

International sports federations expressed concern over venues for the Games in Rio de Janeiro, including power failures at the gymnastics arena this week. Members of the Association of Olympic International Sports Federations reviewed preparations for the Rio Games, which open Aug. 5. "They miss some very important details in each field of play," ASOIF president Francesco Ricci Bitti said.

Et cetera

Hockey: Evgeny Timkin scored twice as Metallurg Magnitogorsk won the KHL's Gagarin Cup for the second time, beating CSKA Moscow 3-1 in game seven of the finals series.

Soccer: Thomas Mueller scored twice as Bayern Munich defeated visiting Werder Bremen 2-0 in the semifinals of the German Cup.

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