Run-of-the-mill as a man, champion as a 'woman'

Monday, June 3, 2019
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Telfer transathlete at FPUAnother male athlete, competing as a female, has demonstrated that transgender athletes could very well be the demise of women's sports.

Last year, Craig Telfer (pictured, center) was a solid but not dominating athlete competing in men's track and field at Franklin Pierce University. But this year, Telfer – now identifying as a woman – competed in women's events, setting numerous school and conference records, and ended up qualifying for the Division II NCAA championships in two events: 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles.

Steve McConkey of 4 WINDS Christian Athletics says that's unfair because "the physical characteristics of this athlete … are far superior than women – the length of the joints, the top parts of the leg are far superior than women for hurdling, [the event] in which this person was successful in doing."

McConkey is opposed to this trend, claiming it will ruin women's sports. However, he says that some notable female athletes are beginning to speak out.

"I see a lot more former Olympic athletes [finally speaking up]," he shares with OneNewsNow. "You have [Sharron Davies], a silver medalist in swimming from Great Britain; and you have Paula Radcliffe, who was a world record holder in the marathon; and you have other individuals who are coming out of the woodwork and speaking up. So this is a good thing."

Telfer, now calling himself "CeCe," competed in the two NCAA events on Memorial Day weekend, winning the 400-meter hurdles by more than a second over seven women; and finishing in fifth place in the 100-meter hurdles.

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