Susan Egelstaff, left, believes the achievements of the likes of boxer Nicola Adams, swimmer Ellie Simmonds and rowers Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins at the Olympics and Paralymics marked a real shift in the way Britain's leading sportswomen are regarded Photographs: Getty Images, PA
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It also belonged to Bradley Wiggins and Andy Murray. But more than anyone, it belonged to Britain's sportswomen. Ever since Adam and Eve went for a jog around the Garden of Eden, women have been second-class citizens when it comes to sport. But 2012 has changed all of that. From Heather Stanning and Helen Glover winning Team GB's first gold medal of the London Olympics, to Jessica Ennis being the face of the Games and going on to claim gold, women were, for the first time ever, on an equal footing with their male counterparts.
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