Transgender Weightlifter Smashes Several Women's World Records in One Day
Backlash as Olympic champions declare 'foul play' - 'pointless, unfair playing field'
A born-male transgender weightlifter, who "identifies" as a woman, smashed four women's world records in a single day, igniting a backlash from female Olympic champions.
On Saturday, biological male trans powerlifter Mary Gregory announced on Instagram they had set four women's world records in one day at a Raw Powerlifting Federation event while competing as a transgender female.
Gregory crushed the existing records for the masters world squat, open world bench press, masters world deadlift, and masters world total events.
"As a transgender lifter I was unsure what to expect going into this meet and everyone — all the spotters, loaders, referees, staff, meet director, all made me welcome and treated me as just another female lifter," Gregory gushed in an Instagram post. "Thank you!"
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What a day, 9 for 9! Masters world squat record, open world bench record, masters world dl record, and masters world total record! Still processing, full meet recap to come a bit later but I do want to thank a few people!💜 - From our initial consultation I told @savvysavit that I wanted to cut to the 82.5kg class, go 9 for 9, and set some records- we did it!!! I don't think she was happy with me cutting but she was there offering her support. When I needed a pick me up or advice she was there! Thank you coach!💜 - A huge thank you to @raw_powerlifting_federation_ , from the bottom of my heart! As a transgender lifter I was unsure what to expect going into this meet and everyone- all the spotters, loaders, referees, staff, meet director, all made me welcome and treated me as just another female lifter- thank you! And thanks to all the fans in the audience who cheered me on and congratulated me!💜 - Thank @rrrrachele for making the trip out to support me today, video my lifts, and cheer me on!💜 - And thank you to all the peeps on Instagram who reached out to offer your support!💜 - Now for 🍷 and 🍕!!! - #transgenderwoman#sharetheplatform#transrightsarehumanrights#lgbtq#bemoreawesome#upliftandliftheavy#morefemalestrength#richmondbalance#liftlunchlearnrva#squat#bench#deadlift
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The record smashing news wasn't met with such enthusiasm by all, however, and ignitged a backlash from "cisgender" (a person who identifies as the gender they were born with - apparently) female Olympic champions who are calling "foul play."
A pair of Olympic medalists decried Gregory's world record-setting efforts, declaring that allowing transgender athletes to compete in women's sporting events creates a "pointless, unfair playing field."
According to The Blaze, former swimmer Sharron Davies who won a silver medal for Great Britain in the 1980 Summer Olympics blasted the news.
Davies — who's been outspoken against transgender females competing against biological females — tweeted that Gregory has a "male body with male physiology" and that a "woman with female biology cannot compete.
"It's a pointless unfair playing field."
This is a trans woman a male body with male physiology setting a world record & winning a woman’s event in America in powerlifting. A woman with female biology cannot compete.. it’s a pointless unfair playing field. https://t.co/sI9i3AFANB— Sharron Davies MBE (@sharrond62) April 28, 2019
Replying to Davies' tweet was Dame Kelly Holmes, who won a pair of gold medals — the 800-meter and 1,500-meter races — for Great Britain at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Holmes noted that "it's a bloody joke and all getting ready for biological women to boycott certain events.
"Have a trans category if need be but even better a trans games.
"Otherwise I'm starting to worry about the backlash and abuse that the trans community will get from spectators. It will happen!"
For a peek at Gregory in action, here's an Instagram video from earlier this month:
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Yay, it's Friday!!! I didn't pass out today!!! And I misloaded the bar, lol. - Was actually very anxious going into these pulls. Despite my attempts to blow it off passing out at 55lbs below your PR pull is NOT cool! I actually released my valsava at the top today and viola, no passing out! Took a quick breath and reset as tight as could for the trip down. Will have to work on this next training block, imo releasing tension/ valsava mid rep isn't not optimal but it worked! - The cherry on top is I meant to load 177.5kg and actually loaded 182ish! My confidence really needed this today! @savvysavit @richmondbalance804 #transrightsarehumanrights🌈#sharetheplatform#powerliftingwomen#sumoischeating#exodusstrength#upliftandliftheavy
According to PJ Media, Davies went on to lament that in many sports — especially in the United States — biological men may compete against biological women without having to undergo surgery or take hormones or even have a professional medical diagnosis.
"No surgery required today... no hormones... no medical diagnosis.. just self ID & reduced testosterone to a level x5 the highest average (98%) of XX females.. far worse than most realise. Madness & unfair," she tweeted.
No surgery required today .. no hormones... no medical diagnosis.. just self ID & reduced testosterone to a level x5 the highest average (98%) of XX females.. far worse than most realise. Madness & unfair— Sharron Davies MBE (@sharrond62) April 29, 2019
"The reason we have men & women’s races are because we are biologically different," Davies explained.
"Performance 100% confirms that.
"The reason steroids (including testosterone) are on the banned list is because using them gives you an advantage.
"FairPlay is racing by biology by sex not by gender."
The reason we have men & women’s races are because we are biologically different. Performance 100% confirms that. The reason steroids (including testosterone) are on the banned list is because using them gives you an advantage. FairPlay is racing by biology by sex not by gender— Sharron Davies MBE (@sharrond62) April 29, 2019
The organization Save Women's Sports also drew attention to Gregory on Facebook.
"Mary was born a man and is very proud of this cool new trophy from dominating the women's division in powerlifting," the group posted on Facebook.
"Mary now has the women's masters world squat record, open world bench record, masters world deadlift record, and masters world total record."
"Transgender inclusion in women's sports will be the end of women's sports," the organization added.
"Now is the time to speak up!"