Mary Gregory, from Virginia, set world records in the women’s squat, bench press, and deadlift, and had earned a ‘Masters total world record’ for her powerlifting scores across the board last month.
Four days later world lifting body stripped the 44-year-old champion powerlifter from Virginia of all titles won at the April 27 event
RAW Powerlifting Federation has said Gregory was ‘actually male’ at the time she set the female records
Body president said they use ‘physiological classification’ not ‘identification’ – because Gregory could not be officially classified as ‘female,’ she didn’t technically break any world records
Construction worker, who started lifting before transition Gregory insists that having a penis or not plays no part in lifting
While lifting has helped her transition, it’s actually hurt her athletic performance, she said
The decision by the federation comes even as Gregory used hormone blockers to regulate her testosterone levels for 11 months before her world title shot. The International Olympic Committee ruled in 2016 that this created a level playing field but because she isn’t biologically the same as the other competitors, RAW ruled that Gregory was not eligible to compete. USA Powerlifting passed a policy banning transitioning athletes from competing against athletes that match their ‘gender identity’ by a vote of 46-5 last week. The board explained the decision, saying: ‘Men naturally have a larger bone structure, higher bone density, stronger connective tissue and higher muscle density than women. ‘These traits, even with reduced levels of testosterone do not go away. While MTF (male to female) may be weaker and less muscle than they once were, the biological benefits given them at birth still remain over than of a female.’
Mary Gregory who was born male, revealed that that the federation discovered she was assigned male at birth by insisting that an official sit in while she took a urine test. She has changed her name, her ID, has been on estrogen and spironolactone for 11 months and already seen significant results, including breast development
Gregory posted her achievement on Instagram, and that did not go unnoticed. Multiple conservative websites blew her achievement out of proportion, she said. “There were plenty of other lifters that day that broke multiple world records,” said Gregory. “Male and female.” But most surprising, she said, was the in-person reaction she received from the meet director, compared to what happened after. On May 1, following days of negative press, the federation president Paul Bossi issued a statement calling Gregory “male,” announcing plans to revise its policies to create a “transgender category,” and erasing her record lifts. Bossi and the federation declined to comment beyond the statement. One line in that statement was particularly grating to Gregory: “It was revealed that this female lifter was actually a male in the process of becoming a transgender female.” “It infuriated me,” she told Outsports. Gregory has changed her name, her ID, has been on estrogen and spironolactone for 11 months and already seen significant results, including breast development. Since beginning powerlifting, she’s significantly lost weight, from 270 pounds almost four years ago to 179 now. But Gregory notes that while lifting has helped her transition, it’s actually hurt her athletic performance. She posted on her Instagram profile that prior to starting on hormones, she could lift 408 pounds in the squat, 298 in the bench press and 507 in the deadlift. Now, since starting HRT, those numbers are drastically lower: 314, 233, and 424 pounds.
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