THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING
GENDER NEUTRALITY AND THE MARATHON

Two winners, one standout

April 28, 2010

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IN HER April 26 letter “Women in 2d place in race coverage,’’ Laurie Lawler asked whether the female Boston Marathon winner’s accomplishment was less than the male winner’s, and accused the Globe of gender bias because of the relative sizes of their photographs on the April 20 front page of the Globe. Well, to paraphrase a great newspaper editor of days gone by: Yes, Ms. Lawler, it is a lesser accomplishment.

The male winner ran the course faster than anybody else ever has. Based on the times posted on the Boston Athletic Association website, the female winner finished about 20 minutes behind the race winner, and without setting any records for her gender. Teyba Erkesso’s being the fastest female on race day is an accomplishment to be proud of, but it isn’t equivalent to Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot’s being the fastest Boston winner ever.

There were no front-page pictures of the top American runners. Is this proof of the Globe’s anti-American bias?

Art Cabral
West Bridgewater

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