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Atsede Baysa gives 2016 Boston Marathon championship trophy to Bobbi Gibb

Bobbi Gibb poses at the finish line of the 120th Boston Marathon on April 18. Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

Atsede Baysa may have won the Boston Marathon on Monday, but the trophy now belongs to the woman who paved the way 50 years ago for the 14,000-plus female competitors — Bobbi Gibb.

Gibb, 73, became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1966, a year in which only men were able to compete in the 26.2-mile event.  She hid in the bushes near the starting line, and then jumped in with the pack of runners when the opportunity was right.  She even wore a sweatshirt to hide the fact she was a woman.

After hearing of Gibb’s groundbreaking story, Baysa handed over her trophy.

Baysa had a remarkable race of her own on Monday, overcoming a 37-second deficit two miles from the finish line, then winning the race by 44 seconds with a time of 2:29.19.

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