7 Sports In Which Women Have Beaten Men

Ye Shiwen swam her last length Saturday faster than Ryan Lochte; she's been accused of cheating. But swimming isn't the first sport where a woman has done better than a man.

Anky Van Grunsven at the 2012 Olympics.

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The equestrian events are some of the few where women compete against men (the other is sailing), and women have medalled in all three individual categories — show-jumping, eventing, and dressage. In Beijing, Anky van Grunsven of the Netherlands took the gold in dressage. So far this year, women have taken silver and bronze in individual eventing. Female jockeys have also beat men in racing — Julie Krone won the Belmont Stakes in 1993.


Billie Jean King famously beat Bobby Riggs in a 1973 match dubbed "The Battle of the Sexes." King was 26 and Riggs was 55, but her victory was still hailed as a blow to sexism: New York Times reporter Neil Amdur wrote that "she convinced skeptics that a female athlete can survive pressure-filled situations and that men are as susceptible to nerves as women." The trappings of the match might strike fans today as slightly odd: King was carried out on a Cleopatra-style litter supported by men dressed like "ancient slaves," while Riggs was wheeled in on a rickshaw by scantily-clad models dubbed "Bobby's Bosom Buddies."

Billie Jean King celebrates her win over Bobby Riggs.

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