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Wounded veteran carries woman across finish line at Boston Marathon

Katharine Switzer Katharine Switzer
Montrelle Montesinos | 24 Abril, 2017, 18:50

Bib No. 261, the one she wore her first time running the course and then again this year, was retired on Monday in her honor.

On Monday, as a marathon medal was hung around her neck and photographers and camera crews swarmed her, women were heard chanting, "Thank you, Kathrine!"

Kathrine Switzer knows what it means to run for equal rights. With a number of runners attempting the infamous race, there were sure to be a few who needed a little motivation, so onlookers tried their best to provide it whenever possible.

Of her legacy, Switzer said it came as no surprise that women continued to embrace the "sense of empowerment" that came from running.

The 121st running of the Boston Marathon is getting underway in waves for the 30,000 athletes.

She crossed the finish line just moments before Switzer, who is now age 70 and completed the course in 4:44:31 and started in the wave after Tews. Women were officially allowed to enter the Boston Marathon five years later in 1972, and the Olympics in 1984.

Switzer told CNN that running in the two races 50 years apart was "like night and day". "Women's marathoning has created a global legacy".

"It was the worst thing in my life at the time".

Desiree Linden brings in the fastest time of any of the American women, with her 2:22:38 personal record set when she finished second in Boston in 2011. She kept running, becoming a symbol of girl power in sports.

Switzer went on to win the New York City Marathon in 1974 and successfully campaign for the women's marathon to become an Olympic sport in 1984. Getting to compete in the event she watched so many times was a surreal experience, she said. It was extremely validating. I said 'Oh, dang.

In the clip, Granville - of Carbondale, Pennsylvania - is seen hoisting his race partner on his back and carrying her to the end of the race.

In all, 26,411 people finished the race on Monday - 97 percent of those who started - including 11,973 women. "It's to inspire people to say "yes" to something they are afraid of", Sanchez said.

"I'm not sure how it can get any better than how everything went yesterday", race director Dave McGillivray said Tuesday at the annual day-after briefing. "I'm my own worst critic, but my critique document is still blank".