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McKinnon sets world best time but rules out Olympic bid

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Rachel McKinnon: Poster girl label for transgender athletes unfair on me

Transgender athlete Rachel McKinnon says competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is no longer “realistic”.

The Canadian, 37, set a world best time in qualifying in defence of her sprint title at the Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester.

McKinnon, who previously told BBC Sport she wanted to “try and make” next year’s Games, said her chances have diminished following a crash in July.

“It’s pretty much out of touch at this point,” she said.

McKinnon, who says her highest elite world ranking is “around 85″, told BBC Sport: “The Olympics was realistic until this past year.

“The progress I was making stalled with a crash last July so, had I kept improving and getting faster, it would have been possible.

“I am hopeful that at least one trans person will be the first ever into the Olympics in Tokyo.”

McKinnon won her qualifying race in 11.649 seconds – a record in the female 35-39 sprint category – with American Dawn Orwick second in 12.063.

The final takes place on Saturday as McKinnon looks to add to the silver she won in the 500m time trial this week.

Some notable female athletes have said transgender athletes should not compete in female competitions.

They claim women who were born biological males retain a competitive advantage in some sport and have called for more research into the issue.

Ex-swimmer Sharron Davies said it will take female athletes “being thrown under the bus” at Tokyo 2020 before changes are made to transgender rules.

Prominent trans rights campaigner McKinnon has defended her right to compete, but said: “I’ve thought about giving up about half a dozen times a year at least.

“It’s so stressful to even show up for me given the sort of attention I get.

“Every athlete has physical advantages and we’re all trying to exploit them. So to single out a trans woman, when I lose most of my races, is a little unfair.”

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McKinnon (centre) won gold at the Masters Track Cycling World Championships last year

‘It is excluding women and girls from their own category’

Former British Masters champion Victoria Hood, who competes in the same category as McKinnon but is currently injured, told BBC Sport that other riders “sacrificed” the opportunity to compete at the World Championships because “they don’t want to compete” against McKinnon.

“The science is there. The science is clear – it tells us that trans women have an advantage,” she said.

“The world record has just been beaten today by somebody born male, who now identifies as female, and the gap between them and the next born female competitor was quite a lot.

“The world record was two tenths of a second. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot but it is.

“The gap between them and the next female competitor was four tenths, which to put into perspective in a sprint event like this, that would be 15m of the track, when sprint events are usually won by centimetres.

“It is a human right to participate in sport. I don’t think it’s a human right to identify into whichever category you choose.”

Earlier this week, athletics’ governing body the IAAF said trans female athletes must lower their levels of testosterone.

But Hood called on sports’ governing bodies to “step up”, saying they were “excluding” athletes born female.

“If people want to push this through some misguided idea that they are being inclusive, it is not inclusive. It is excluding women and girls from their own category. It’s not fair,” Hood said.

“The IOC need to make fair policies that are based on the science that we have, because if they can’t then they are not fit for purpose.

“They are washing their hands of it and it is becoming more political than it is about science and biology.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/50097423

How to watch Six Day London on the BBC

Katie Archibald (right) held off a challenge from fellow Briton Laura Kenny at Six Day Manchester in March

Katie Archibald (right) held off a challenge from Laura Kenny to win the overall title at Six Day Manchester in March

The BBC will have full coverage of the international Six Day Series, which starts in London at the Olympic VeloPark on Tuesday, 22 October.

Britain’s Mark Cavendish and Laura Kenny are two of the big names taking part, which sees pairs of riders competing together across a wide variety of disciplines.

The men’s events, which include the madison, elimination, derny, 200m time trial and keirin, take place over all six days, while the women’s races will be held from Friday to Sunday. There will also be an under-21s event – the 1878 Cup.

Cavendish will team up with fellow Briton Owain Doull, with two other British pairings – Andy Tennant/Matt Bostock and Jon Dibben/Chris Latham – included in the 16 teams taking part in the men’s event.

Kenny, the most decorated female track cyclist in Olympic history, is competing alongside Elinor Barker, while fellow Brits Kate Archibald and Neah Evans, and Emily Nelson and Manon Lloyd also pair up.

Dutch pair Yoeri Havik and Wim Stroetinga return to defend the men’s overall title, which goes to the team with the best points tally across all legs of the series.

For the first time, the BBC will stream live action from four events of the Six Day Series – in Berlin (23-28 January), Manchester (13-15 March) and Brisbane (3-5 April) as well as London.

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Triple world champion Mark Cavendish is teaming up with Olympic gold medallist Owain Doull at Six Day London

BBC coverage times

Times are BST unless stated and subject to late changes

Tuesday, 22 October

19:45-22:30 – Day one, Connected TV online

Elite men – Madison chase, team elimination, derny heats, points race

Elite sprinters – 200m flying time trial, sprint finals, keirin

1878 Cup (under-21s) – Madison

Wednesday, 23 October

19:45-22:30 – Day two, Connected TV online

Elite men – Madison chase, team elimination, derny heats, points race

Elite sprinters – 200m flying time trial, sprint finals, keirin

1878 Cup (under-21s) – Madison

Thursday, 24 October

19:45-22:30 – Day three, Connected TV online

Elite men – Madison chase, team elimination, derny heats, points race

Elite sprinters – 200m flying time trial, sprint finals, keirin

1878 Cup (under-21s) – Madison

Friday, 25 October

19:45-22:30 – Day four, Connected TV online

Elite men – Madison chase, team elimination, derny heats, points race

Elite women – UCI omnium

Elite sprinters – 200m flying time trial, sprint finals, keirin

Saturday, 26 October

19:45-22:15 – Day five, Connected TV online

Elite men – Madison chase, team elimination, derny final, 250m team time trial

Elite women – 20km madison, team elimination

Elite sprinters – 200m flying time trial, sprint finals, keirin

Sunday, 27 October

18:00-22:45 (GMT) – Day six, Connected TV online

Elite men – Team elimination, derny final, 250m team time trial, final chase

Elite women – 20km madison, 10km scratch race

Elite sprinters – 200m flying time trial, sprint finals, keirin

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Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/50104484

Transgender athlete McKinnon defends world masters title

Rachel McKinnon

McKinnon won the first two races of her final against Orwick to win gold

Transgender athlete Rachel McKinnon defended her sprint title at the Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester.

The 37-year-old, competing in the female 35-39 sprint category, had set a new world best time in qualifying.

The Canadian beat American Dawn Orwick for the gold, with Denmark’s Kirsten Herup Sovang claiming the bronze.

McKinnon’s victory adds to the silver she won in the 500m time trial earlier this week.

Some notable female sportspeople have argued that transgender athletes should not compete in female competitions.

They claim women who were born biological males retain a competitive advantage in some sport and have called for more research into the issue.

Prominent trans rights campaigner McKinnon has defended her right to compete but said qualifying the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is no longer “realistic”.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/50111521

European Track Championships: Laura Kenny & Katie Archibald win madison silver

Great Britain's Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald

Kenny and Archibald were edged out in the 120-lap madison

Great Britain’s Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald claimed silver in the women’s madison on the final day of the European Track Championships.

The pair finished on 31 points – two behind winners Amalie Dideriksen and Julie Leth of Denmark.

In the men’s madison, Matt Walls and Ollie Wood finished eighth.

Great Britain won nine medals in Apeldoorn, in the Netherlands, with two golds, four silvers and three bronze medals.

“I’m exhausted – we put everything into that,” said Archibald after the women’s madison.

“I’ve got stuff to work on personally and we’ve got ways we can improve as a team, so while I wish we had scored those two more points for gold, I still feel optimistic about future races.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/50117855

European Track Championships: Laura Kenny wins silver as Archibald and Wood take bronze

Laura Kenny in action in the women's omnium

Kenny won silver behind the Netherlands’ Kirsten Wild

Four-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny won omnium silver at the European Track Championships as British team-mates Katie Archibald and Ollie Wood clinched bronze medals.

Archibald, 25, finished third in the women’s individual pursuit while Wood, 23, won his medal in the men’s omnium.

Kenny finished first in the scratch race before placing 10th and third in the tempo and elimination races.

“I’m a bit disappointed to be honest,” said Kenny, 27.

“I always race to win so anything less than that and I’m not happy. But fair play to Kirsten [Wild] – she had a great race today.”

Great Britain have now won eight medals in Apeldoorn, in the Netherlands.

Kenny and Archibald were members of the women’s quartet who took team pursuit gold on Thursday, while Wood won bronze in the men’s team pursuit.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/50103833

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