Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard took center stage at the Tokyo Games on Monday, and Ethiopian-born Dutch runner Saifan Hassan faced a difficult day on the athletics track in his passionate pursuit of Olympic treble.
On the fourth day of athletics in the Japanese capital, the 28-year-old Hassan will run in the 1500-meter heats in the morning, before getting back on track for the 5000-meter final in the evening session.
The two-time world champion will also go to the Games after 10,000 meters, which is now in its final week and is hot in every way – next week temperatures in Tokyo are forecast to be between 30 and 34 degrees. Celsius (up to 94F)
There will also be a women’s 100m hurdles final and a men’s long jump final on Monday, while there are three gold medals in gymnastics.
Gold is also begging in badminton, wrestling, shooting, sailing and event jumping.
Meanwhile, track cycling is taking place in these epidemic-delayed sports, with the women’s team winning the first gold at IsoWeldom with the sprint title.
But it is the weightlifting that will stand out because of New Zealand’s Hubbard.
The 43-year-old, who was born a man and competed as a man before becoming a woman, stepped into the Olympics – the IOC says she is the first openly transgender woman to take part in the Games. Declared a historic moment for the Olympic movement
However, her historic presence in the women’s +87kg category at the elite stage raises complex identity issues in biology, human rights, science, justice and sports.
IOC Medical Chief Richard Budget told reporters in Tokyo, “Laurel Hubbard is a woman, competing under the rules of her federation and we have to pay tribute to her courage and perseverance and for sports. To qualify. “
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
Critics say he has an unfair advantage over female rivals because his physical characteristics as a man are locked in his body.
While track cycling is just beginning in Tokyo, the badminton competition is reaching its peak, with China’s reigning Olympic champion Chen Long competing against the mighty Dan Victor Excelson.
“Obviously I want more than just one final – that’s not enough for me,” said the world number two.
Another title for Chen would give China a little breathing space at the top of the overall medal table, with the Asian nation ahead of the United States and host Japan in third place.
Women’s football is also nearing the end of its business. The first semi-final has a local derby as Megan Repino’s United States, the world champion, faces Canada.
In the other last four matches, Australia will face Sweden, the team that won the final at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“We are alive for the moment,” said Rose Laville of the United States, who needed a penalty to beat the Netherlands in the quarter-finals.
“Obviously, there’s pressure when you’re on this team. But I think pressure is an honor and we’re ready for that moment.”
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