Runner Megan Youngren is set to become the first openly transgender athlete to participate in the 2020 U.S. Olympic marathon trials, according to Sports Illustrated.
In December, Youngren was one of 63 women at the California International Marathon to qualify for the upcoming Olympic marathon trials. Youngren came in at 40th place with a time of 2:43:52, and the achievement put her in place to become the first openly transgender athlete to compete at the trials, set for Feb. 29, which will decide who moves on to represent Team USA at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo this year.
“To my knowledge, and that of other staff who have been with USATF for many years, we do not recall a trans competitor at our Marathon Trials,” USA Track and Field spokesperson Susan Hazzard told the outlet.
Youngren, from Alaska, explained to Sports Illustrated that she first started running in 2013 to improve her health after transitioning.
“I’m open to talking about it to people because that’s the only way you make progress on stuff like this,” she says.
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