Male To Female Transgender Athlete Says Competing Against Cis-Women Is a ‘Disadvantage’

July 9, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Story

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NCAA track star CeCe Telfer racked up a list of records for Franklin Pierce University in women’s college track last month but questions soon arose over Telfer’s athletic history. The runner had been a male athlete just last season before “transitioning” to a woman and joining the female track team only to suddenly become the school’s leading runner.

Telfer was born and raised as a boy called Craig and competed on the men’s team at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, even though she personally identified as a woman. During 2016 and 2017, she wasn’t in the top 200 male athletes competing in the event.

Her last competition as Craig took place in January 2018, and saw her finish eighth out of nine men in the 400 metres.

Telfer resigned from the team and went on to have gender reassignment surgery before joining the women’s team in October.

According to NCAA guidelines, male athletes are allowed to compete as women provided they suppress their testosterone levels for a full calendar year, but until then they must compete in the mixed-sex teams in the men’s division.

Many criticizing the championship win as unfair.

Telfer, who has remained silent until now, is speaking out about the championship record saying “I have no benefit” from being a biological male facing natural-born females, she told Outsports.

“First of all, my height, how tall I am, is a disadvantage, because the wind is hitting us so hard and the taller you are, the harder you fall, basically,” the runner added. “There’s wind resistance.”

Another disadvantage:

“The fact that the hurdles are so close,” Telfer noted. The distance between the hurdles is smaller in women’s competition. They are six inches shorter than in the men’s races, but more than half a meter closer together.

“And there are people who say I have the benefit of testosterone,” Telfer said, her voice calm but insistent.

“But no: I have no benefit. I’m on hormone suppression, it doesn’t help. It’s another disadvantage. Cis women are producing more testosterone than the average trans female.

“So it’s crazy! I’m the crazy one, to be the weakest female, the weakest link in the chain, to be competing against the top ones. I should be fingered as the stupid one, for wanting to do that in the first place.”

Robert Johnson weighed in on the debate in his column for Let’sRun.com, writing:

The fact that Telfer can change her gender and immediately become a national champion is proof positive as to why women’s sports needs protection.

Telfer ran slightly faster in the 400 hurdles competing as a man (57.34) than as a woman (57.53), even though the men’s hurdles are six inches taller than the women’s hurdles.

Yet when Telfer ran 57.34 as a man, she didn’t even score at her conference meet — she was just 10th at the Northeast-10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2016.

Now she’s the national champion.

 

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