BREAKING: Men Are Physically Stronger Than Woman

Transgender swimmers Lia Thomas and Iszac Henig – who is competing as a woman – post fastest split times in relay race as Ivy League Women’s Championships kick off four-day meet

  • Lia Thomas, a 22-year-old representing Penn State, and 21-year-old Iszac Henig swimming for Yale, swam the fastest splits on Wednesday night

  • Thomas swam for the men’s team in the 2019 season but began transitioning and has the required one year of testosterone suppression to compete as a woman

  • Henig was born female and is transitioning to male – but has not yet began taking testosterone, to enable continued competition in women’s races

  • The pair raced in the first leg of the 800 yard relay, which was won by the host side Harvard, with Yale second and Penn third

  • The presence of Thomas, in particular, at the meet has proved controversial with team mates both supporting and opposing her presence in the squad 

Two transgender swimmers Lia Thomas and Iszac Henig – who competed as a woman – swam the fastest relay times on the first night of the Ivy League Women’s Championship on Wednesday, leading to further questions about their continued participation in sporting competition.


Lia Thomas, 22, was swimming for Penn State’s men’s team in 2019 when she began to medically transition, taking testosterone blockers and estrogen. She is allowed to compete as a woman because she has completed a year of hormone treatment.

Iszac Henig, meanwhile, is transitioning from female to male, but the 21-year-old Yale swimmer has not taken any testosterone and is still able to compete as a woman. He swam topless, simply wearing a pair of men’s swimming briefs.

Iszac Henig is seen talking to a coach before the relay. Henig was born female but is transitioning to male – although has not began taking testosterone, so can still compete in women’s competition


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