Friday, January 27, 2023
Friday, January 27, 2023

    Trans swimmer Lia Thomas, 22, blows away competition to win 500 yard freestyle at NCAA championships – but crowd goes wild for SECOND place winner on podium: Thomas says she ‘ignores’ criticism in post-victory interview

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    Lia Thomas has become the first transgender athlete to win a National Collegiate Athletic Association swimming championship – with her controversial victory attracting a mixed reception, Your Content has learned.

    Thomas, 22, became on Thursday night the first transgender athlete to be crowned National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) champion.

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    The transgender swimmer won her 500 yard freestyle, representing the University of Pennsylvania, in 4 minutes 33:24 seconds.

    Her victory was greeted with a notable lack of cheers in the stands, amid the controversy: she competed in men’s competition until 2019.

    On the podium, Thomas was given the medal amid boos and some cheers: by contrast, the second placed competitor was given a huge cheer at her crowning.

    Thomas told ESPN after the race that she tried to drown out the controversy and focus on her swimming,‘according to The Daily Advent.

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