Outrage After Transgender Swimmer Beats Two US Records At Her Latest Competition

A transgender swimmer and senior at the University of Pennsylvania who used to compete as a man has beat two US records at her latest competition.

Last week (5 Dec), 22-year-old Lia Thomas put in an impressive display in the 1,650 yard freestyle by finishing 38 seconds ahead of her teammate Anna Sofia Kalandaze at the Zippy Invitational Event in Akron, Ohio.

Thomas’s winning time was 15:59:71

She also left rivals in the dust by winning the 500-yard freestyle, 14 seconds ahead of them, whilst also breaking another US record with a time of 4:34:06.

For three years, Thomas used to compete for the men’s team prior to joining the women’s squad.

However, the swimmer has faced backlash from some.

Linda Blade, who is a sports performance coach, took to Twitter and slammed the trans swimmer’s involvement in women’s sports.

She tweeted: “Well of course women’s records are being smashed! Lia competed as male for first three years in #NCAA. This is not right!”

A second added: “Lia Thomas is a man who went through male puberty, & swam on men’s teams for almost his entire career.”

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