Olympics will allow male runner who identifies as female to compete against women in marathon trials

by Daniel Payne · Feb 14th, 2020 4:35 pm

Last Updated Feb 14th, 2020 at 5:12 pm

A male runner who identifies as female will compete against women in the USA Olympics marathon trials later this month, the first time in history that a transgender athlete has done so.

Megan Youngren, a biological male who identifies as a woman, will square off against dozens of female athletes on February 29 in Atlanta, Georgia. Biologically male athletes who identify as women must keep their testosterone levels below a certain threshold to qualify in competitions against women.

"I trained hard," Youngren said. "I got lucky. I dodged injuries. I raced a lot, and it worked out for me."

The athlete has been taking synthetic estrogen for about nine years.

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