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Sharron Davies calls out result after transgender athlete wins prestigious American swimming title

American swimming is going through recent criticism after Lia Thomas, the game’s most high-profile transgender athlete, made historical past by profitable a prestigious NCAA title in Atlanta on Thursday night time – beating a Tokyo Olympic medallist into third. 

Thomas, who competed on the University of Pennsylvania’s males’s group till 2019 previous to her transition, turned the primary transgender champion in Division I historical past along with her victory within the 500-yard freestyle in Atlanta. 

She confronted protests on the meet, which is the highest-profile occasion in American school swimming, and her victory was greeted by muted applause in comparison with second-placed Emma Weyant. Erica Sullivan, a silver medallist within the 1,500 metre occasion eventually year’s Tokyo Olympics, completed third. 

Sharron Davies, the previous British Olympic silver medallist and a vocal critic of transgender athletes, later known as the result an “injustice”.  

The story of Thomas is one which has divided America and, whereas the choice to permit her to compete has typically been met with assist by her rivals and team-mates, a scholar competing on the championships turned the primary public voice of dissent on Thursday when she claimed it was unfair that she has been allowed to “blow away the competition”. 

“I have a team-mate who did not make finals today because she was just bumped out of finals,” the scholar, who spoke on digital camera to the Rapid Fire podcast however was not named, stated. “It’s heartbreaking to see someone who went through puberty as a male and has the body of a male be able to absolutely blow away the competition.” 

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