The New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is set to make history and headlines, plus a considerable amount of controversy, after being confirmed as the first transgender athlete to ever compete at the Olympic Games.
The 43-year-old will be a live medal contender when she competes in the
women’s super heavyweight category on 2 August.
That’s a decade and more older than most of the other competitors. Which is a useful if very rough guide to that difference in the male physique. To give competitors 10 years and still be competitive?
Gold medallists at this weight have been, since 2000 when the category started, 21, 25, 25, 24, 27.
But of course there’s no such things as sex or even biology, is there?