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Famous female firsts in sports history

Updated: February 17, 2013, 11:31 PM ET
By ESPN.com Stats & Information

Based on the news that Danica Patrick won the Daytona 500 pole Sunday, here are more famous female firsts in sports history.

Feb. 17, 2013: Danica Patrick wins the pole at Daytona 500, the first woman to ever clinch a pole in the Cup Series. The previous best start was ninth by Janet Guthrie.

Sept. 9, 2012: Shannon Eastin became first woman to be an official in an NFL regular-season game.

Aug. 8, 2012: For the first time, the United States sends more female athletes ...

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