Lia Thomas: Florida governor Ron DeSantis refuses to recognise Thomas win

Transgender woman Lia Thomas (L) of the University of Pennsylvania stands on the podium after winning the 500-yard freestyle as other medallists (L-R) Emma Weyant, Erica Sullivan and Brooke Forde pose for a photo

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In an Instagram post, US Olympic swimmer Erica Sullivan (second from right, pictured in cowboy hat) said this image – of transgender woman Lia Thomas (L) on the podium, with Sullivan and friends and team-mates Emma Weyant and Brooke Forde stood off to the right of the podium – had been “misrepresented”

Florida governor Ron DeSantis has signed a proclamation recognising runner-up Emma Weyant as the winner of the highest US national college swimming title – an event she lost to transgender athlete Lia Thomas.

She took victory in the women’s 500-yard freestyle in Atlanta.

But on Tuesday Republican governor DeSantis said the result “undermined the integrity of the competition”.

Thomas, who swims for the University of Pennsylvania, secured the title in four minutes 33.24 seconds in Atlanta.

Weyant, of Sarasota, Florida, who won 400m individual medley silver at the Tokyo Olympics, finished 1.75secs behind in second.

DeSantis criticised the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for…

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