US transgender runner CeCe Telfer has sparked public uproar after she became a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) track champion, winning the women’s 400m hurdles title.
Telfer finished the course with a time of 57.53s, with the second place runner lagging behind with a time of 59.21s.
Almost all fans, however, were quick to accuse Tefler of having an “unfair” advantage, insisting that she should be stopped from competing against women.
This is getting beyond ridiculous. Natural born female sport is now in absolute crisis and if this is permitted to continue unchecked, XX chromosome World and Olympic records will shortly be consigned to history. XX female athletes cannot beat CeCe, it's simply not a fair fight!— Mike Wynn (@CP_RecruitMD) 3 июня 2019 г.
Such a shame they allow this, if he is born a man he is a man! Should not be in womens sports!— Cindy Sherman (@cinderella6591) 3 июня 2019 г.
That thing is a man!! C’mon!!!!— Rudy (@Rudyfrmda831) 3 июня 2019 г.
A bit unfair— VENUS PSYCHIC (@venuspsychic) 3 июня 2019 г.
Lol…He found the loophole in the system, he's a smart guy pic.twitter.com/gvla699XRn— Frezel Obak' (@frezel91) 3 июня 2019 г.
So a man won a wonens competition…. pic.twitter.com/A5Ra4mHBXq— Craig M J Taylor (@CraigMJTaylor) 3 июня 2019 г.
Gee, I wonder why this person won.— Carol Rosenberg-Fox and Belle the Calico (@rosenberg_fox) 3 июня 2019 г.
I am so thinking this is not fairness or sporting. Create a new category.— Sharon Lee Kufeldt (@AwakenWholeness) 3 июня 2019 г.
One Twitter user went so far as to call Telfer a “smart guy” who “found the loophole in the system”.
Some users called for creation of a special division introduced for transgender athletes so that fair competition in sport can be ensured.
until women STOP running or competing against Transgender, this will continue. There has to be a "Transgender male and female" category added, period.— Private Investigator (@TheSecretsSafe) 3 июня 2019 г.
A Transgender category people are suggesting would just be another MEN category. No natural born women would go in it and they all grew up as male— Kelli Phillips (@777Kelli) 3 июня 2019 г.
This is unfair. They should just create a category for transgender people. It causes confusion!!!— samuel onuoha (@dynamicbobby) 3 июня 2019 г.
NCAA guidelines stipulate that male athletes are eligible to compete as women if they suppress their testosterone levels for a full calendar year.
Telfer's couch Emerson, for his part, said that she has been “incredibly motivated this year and I think the transition one million percent had something to do with that”.
“It's like night and day as far as what she was willing to do as an athlete and how committed she was”, he added.