Transgender runner known for dominating women’s track disqualified from US Olympic trials

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A young “transgender woman” known for crushing his female opponents in college track-and-field championships has been disqualified from participating in the upcoming U.S. Olympic trials.

CeCe Telfer, formally named Craig Telfer, is notorious for winning the 400-meter women’s hurdles at the NCAA Division II outdoor track-and-field championships. However, Telfer will not be winning any titles at the upcoming Olympics.

“Telfer was entered in this week’s trials but was ultimately not allowed to compete because of guidelines World Athletics released in 2019 that closed off international women’s events of between 400 meters and a mile to athletes who did not meet the eligibility requirements,” the Associated Press confirmed Thursday.

The requirement that he reportedly failed to meet stipulated that his testosterone level had to be below 5 nonomoles per liter for at least 12 months.

Data from the Mayo Clinic Laboratories shows that the average testosterone level for a woman is between 0.3 and 2.4 nonomoles per liter, meaning therefore that Telfer’s testosterone level is at least double that of biological women.

But this fact didn’t stop him from competing against biological women in college sports, where he continually dominated his opponents with ease.

As a male student at Franklin Pierce University, Telfer attempted to compete in track but performed horribly every single time. Then suddenly in 2018 he transitioned to a “transgender woman” and quickly became a track champion:

As demonstrated in the video below, Telfer’s female opponents didn’t stand a chance against him:

In 2019, former Australia female track star Tamsyn Manou became one of the first prominent women to speak out against him.

“The female category isn’t being protected enough in elite women’s sport at the moment. I know that it’s a grey area… but it really concerns me. I think that it’s important that people understand it’s not about gender identity,” she said to Australian media at the time.

“This is an issue that is surrounding what you were born as, biologically what your sex is. There is just way too much advantage with a male competing against a female,” she added.

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Former Olympic track star Jane Flemming, also an Australian, concurred.

“They have larger oxygenisation of their blood, so they’re carrying more oxygen around than what a female would. They absolutely have increased bone strength, and for a lot of particularly distance and endurance-based female athletes, they go through a lot of bone problems because of the volume of the training they have to do. They also have increased muscle bulk,” she said.

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The latest findings regarding Telfer’s testosterone seem to prove that these two were right. Yet in Telfer’s mind, his biological female competitors are the ones with the advantage.

“If anything, me competing against cisgender females is a disadvantage, because my body is going through so many medical implications. It’s going through biochemistry changes. So, being on hormone replacement therapy … your muscle is deteriorating, you lose a lot of strength because testosterone is where you get your strength, your agility and all your athletic stuff,” he said in a 2019 interview.

“I have to work twice as hard to keep that strength. If I slack a day, that’s like three days set behind. So, I have to keep up my workouts. I can’t drink, I can’t eat unhealthy because it’s going to impact me harder,” he added.

Keep in mind that he also thinks he’s a woman …

And he believes he’s a “great athlete” and an “elite athlete.”

“When trans youth are allowed to participate in sports, when coaches are able to accept and encourage them, they start to be seen as a person before being seen for their trans-ness. I’m a great athlete. I’m a Black woman. And I’m also a trans woman,” he wrote last week in a blog post published at Women’s Health magazine.

“I can’t say enough about the positive impact that sports have played in my life. Obviously, as an elite athlete, it’s now my passion and focus. But even before that, it allowed me to prioritize myself, quiet all of the noise and hate, and stay committed to accomplishing my goals,” he added.

Regarding the Olympics, he reportedly isn’t upset about not making the cut.

“CeCe has turned her focus towards the future and is continuing to train. She will compete on the national — and world — stage again soon,” his manager, David McFarland, said to the AP.

It appears that in Telfer’s mind, he’s on track to become an international sensation. So long as he continues to compete against biologically disadvantaged females versus biologically equivalent males, it could very well happen.

Despite Telfer’s rejection, a transgender athlete did make it to the Olympics: Laurel Hubbard, a New Zealand weightlifter who weighs 286 pounds and is 6-foot tall yet thinks he doesn’t have any advantage over his female competitors.

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