A biological man who identifies as a female won a women’s world championship cycling event in California, sparking debate over how transgender athletes should be judged in sporting events.
Rachel McKinnon, a professor at the College of Charleston, was victorious in the women’s sprint for ages 35-39 at the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships.
“First transgender woman world champion…ever,” McKinnon posted on social media soon after the race.
The professor, who represented Canada, beat out second and third-place finishers, Carolien Van Herrikhuyzen of the Netherlands and American cyclist Jennifer Wagner.
While some applaud McKinnon’s success, not everyone is happy. Some argue it’s unfair for a man to be allowed to compete in a women’s sporting event because male bodies are fundamentally different than female bodies.