UPDATE: The Raw Powerlifting Federation has announced it is revoking the titles and records claimed by transgender athlete Mary Gregory as she had reportedly not fully transitioned into a biological female.
“On Saturday April 27th, the lifter exceeded the current female World Records in this lifter’s age and weight category. This automatically calls for Drug Testing protocol which takes place at the end of every event. The Drug Testing Coordinator for this event performed the drug test at which time it was revealed that this female lifter was actually a male in the process of becoming a Transgender female," RAW said in a statement.
A transgender athlete demolished four women’s powerlifting records and absolutely dominated the other women in the competition, winning nine out of nine events.
“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,” transgender powerlifter Mary Gregory wrote on Instagram.
The athlete added: “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!”
However, not everyone is on board with allowing transgender athletes to dominate biological women in competitions.
Sharron Davies, a famous swimming champion, said the biological differences between male and female bodies make the competition inherently unfair.
“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,” Davies tweeted.
Olympic gold medal runner Dame Kelly Holmes agreed with Davies, and said the trans community could even see more backlash if the trend is allowed to continue.
“It’s a bloody joke and all getting ready for biological women to boycott certain events,” Holmes tweeted. “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!”
This is hardly the first time a transgender athlete has dominated biological women in a competition. Supporters claim trans women should be allowed to compete like any other women, while critics say the biological differences between men and women are too great to create a fair competition.