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Transgender London Marathon athlete vows 'I'll give my medal back' after beating 14k women

NewsTransgender London Marathon athlete vows 'I'll give my medal back' after beating 14k women

A transgender runner who finished the London Marathon has offered to give her medal back after she sparked backlash competing as a biological male in the female category. Glenique Frank, 54, from Northamptonshire, finished 6,160th in a field of 20,123 female runners – meaning she placed higher than nearly 14,000 women.

Leading some of the criticism was British Olympian Mara Yamauchi who told the Telegraph it was “wrong and unfair” that Frank took part as a woman in the race.

Frank, who in November competed as a man in the New York Marathon, has defended her position and said if people want her to return her medal she will.

Speaking to the New York Post the trans runner, who appeared on the BBC during the race saying “girl power”, said it was “no problem” to return the gong.

She said: “If they really think I’ve stolen the place [of a female runner], I don’t mind giving the medal back, because I’ll run again next year for charity.

“They’re angry because they’re saying that one of 14,000 women behind me could have had my place. Really? I did [the race in] 4 hours 11 minutes. There’s lots of women that beat me.”

Frank said she “got it” that she was “not a woman” and told the Post she was sorry for upsetting her critics who the paper said were mainly “haters”.

Last month both UK Athletics and World Athletics announced a ban on transgender athletes competing in any events licensed by the organisations. Only elite racers in the London Marathon were subject to these bans, but the mass event was not.

The Mail Online reported Hugh Brasher, event director of the TCS London Marathon, said the mass event was a celebration of “inclusivity and humanity”

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He said: “The elite races, the Championship races and Good For Age categories at the TCS London Marathon are held under World Athletics rules, which exclude transgender women from elite female competition if they have gone through male puberty.

“The mass event of the TCS London Marathon is a unique celebration of inclusivity and humanity.”

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