‘Not fair’: World cycling bronze medalist criticizes transgender athlete’s victory
US rider Jennifer Wagner, who finished third at the UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships, has expressed fury that the race was won by Canadian transgender woman Rachel McKinnon.
McKinnon, who was born a male, dominated the women’s 35-44 age bracket at the event in Los Angeles at the weekend, setting off debate over her eligibility to compete against female rivals.
“First transgender woman world champion…ever,” the Canadian wrote on Twitter while also sharing a picture of her standing on the podium with the two other medalists.
First transgender woman world champion...ever.*UCI Masters Track Cycling Women 35-44 Sprint@outsports@TheAdvocateMag@CofC@PinkNews@TheChrisMosier@BicyclingMag@velonews@gcntweet@glaad@TransMediaWatch@TransEquality@TransgenderNews@equalitynetworkpic.twitter.com/SD0HuS1Crv— Dr. Rachel McKinnon (@rachelvmckinnon) October 14, 2018
Along with the praise that flooded into McKinnon’s account, her victory was met with stinging criticism, with many fans insisting she had an unfair advantage over the other competitors.
One of those to wade into the row was bronze medalist Wagner, who called her third place finish an “unfair” result.
“I was the 3rd place rider. It’s definitely NOT fair,” Wagner wrote in response to a controversial tweet by commentator Katie Hopkins, who also spoke against the transgender athlete’s participation in female events.
I was the 3rd place rider. It’s definitely NOT fair.— jen wagner-assali (@jkwagnermd) October 15, 2018
Some internet users suggested creating a separate category for transgender athletes instead of allowing them to compete against women.
Why don’t they just create a race for transgender people? That is physiologically unfair.— Divina Dizon (@divinediogenes) October 16, 2018
How is that an incredible accomplishment? It is a man competing in a women’s event. Regardless of what you feel it doesn’t change science. Unfair advantage and should not be allowed. You want equality???? Start a transgender league.— Brent Sicely (@Bsicely) October 16, 2018