Top female athletes of all time

Published On: Jun 22 2012 02:09:05 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 22 2012 02:09:18 PM EDT

Title IX gave women more opportunities in higher education and, most notably, high school and collegiate athletics. As the 40th anniversary of the legislation's passing approaches on June 23, take a look at the top female athletes of all time.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee
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3. Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Joyner-Kersee is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, having won the heptathlon and long jump in 1988 and the heptathlon again in 1992. She also won four world championships and repeatedly set world records in the latter event. In fact, Joyner-Kersee holds the top six scores in heptathlon history.

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