(John Ransom, Headline USA) Caitlyn Jenner, the retired Olympic decathlete who won Olympic gold medals as the man Bruce Jenner, has ripped transgender University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas as not “the rightful winner” of the NCAA title in the 500-yard freestyle said USA Today.
“@GovRonDeSantis agreed! She is the rightful winner! @TMZ It’s not transphobic or anti-trans, it’s COMMON SENSE!,” said Jenner is a tweet about Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who signed a proclamation declaring the runner up, biological female Emma Weyant, the winner of the meet.
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) March 22, 2022
DeSantis said Weyant, a 20-year-old swimmer from Florida who now competes for the University of Virginia, had been cheated out of her hard work by the woke athletic association.
“A male identifying as a woman was allowed to compete in and was declared the winner of the race by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Emma was determined to have come in second place,” said the DeSantis proclamation according to the Daily Mail.
Therefore, as the governor of the state of Florida he was declaring Weyant the rightful winner of the event, said the proclamation, which was posted on Twitter.
By allowing men to compete in women’s sports, the NCAA is destroying opportunities for women, making a mockery of its championships, and perpetuating a fraud.
In Florida, we reject these lies and recognize Sarasota’s Emma Weyant as the best women’s swimmer in the 500y freestyle. pic.twitter.com/tBmFxFE3q6
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) March 22, 2022
Thomas (who is 6-foot, 1-inch tall), posted a 4.33.24, beating Weyant (who is 5-feet, 8-inches) by 1.75 seconds on the 500-yard event, said the New York Post.
However, the record-breaking women’s time was slower than Thomas’s fastest time competing as a male swimmer, by over 15 seconds.
During Thomas’s last season as a male swimmer, he ranked 65th in the country for the 500-yard freestyle.
Competitors in the men’s event are currently turning in times of 4.08, with a meet best of 4.06.61—12 seconds faster than the fastest time ever posted by Thomas as man, said Swimmer World magazine.
The Daily Mail said that the crowd at the NCAA women’s meet burst out into applause as Weyant took her second-place medal more like a champion than a runner-up.
Jenner, who recently ran as a Republican in a recall race for governor of California, has consistently maintained that transgender participation in sports is inherently unfair to women.
“This is a question of fairness. That’s why I oppose biological boys or trans competing in girls’ sports in school. It just isn’t fair. And we have to protect girls sports in our schools,” said Jenner in a 2021 interview with TMZ.