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Moment trans runner wins 400m race by a full second ahead of her rivals – before being booed on gold medal podium


A transgender teenage athlete was booed as she topped the podium after winning the 400 meters at the Washington state championships on Saturday.

Veronica Garcia, a 16-year-old transgender high school runner from the East Valley School District in Spokane, Wash., finished in 55.75 — a full second ahead of the first biological runner.

West Valley School District’s Lauren Matthew didn’t have the strength to hold off Garcia by a full second with a time of 56.75.

Had Garcia run in the equivalent boys race, she wouldn’t have even managed a 16th place finish — the slowest boy finished in 53.12 — more than 2.5 seconds ahead of Garcia’s time.

Although the participants crossed the finish line, it was when Garcia took the podium and the jeers were clearly heard at the WIAA State Championship Meet in Tacoma, Washington.

Trans high school runner Veronica Garcia, 16, won the Division 2A girls 400 meters at the WIAA State Championship Meet in Tacoma, Washington by a full second over her opponent.

Garcia was seen to have an edge over her female opponents and appeared to take something from her stroke as she crossed the finish line.

Garcia was seen to have an edge over her female opponents and appeared to take something from her stroke as she crossed the finish line.

When Garcia took the stage, there was no applause for her.  There was only humming

When Garcia took the stage, there was no applause for her. There was only humming

When the host announced Matthew’s name, all the girls gathered in the stadium and clapped and cheered for her respectable second place.

First place went to Veronica Garcia with a time of 55.75.  If she had raced with boys, she wouldn't even have placed in the top sixteen

First place went to Veronica Garcia with a time of 55.75. If she had raced with boys, she wouldn’t even have placed in the top sixteen

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But with Garcia winning first place, the stadium was practically silent.

Her fellow runners stood on the stage in complete silence with their hands behind their backs.

In a clear sign of disapproval, a stunned silence fell over the crowd until someone called Veronica’s name, to which she gave a thumbs up.

It’s the latest in a winning streak for Garcia, who appears to be much better than when she competed on the boys’ team.

Last month, she finished 13th in a field of 152 girls at the Washington State 2A Championships after the cross country meet.

But last year, Garcia could only manage 164th out of 172 in the boys’ 5,000-meter run at the county meet held in the fall.

Washington State Public Schools states that all students who participate in physical education and athletics may participate in the category that matches their gender identity without having to demonstrate medical transition.

Following Garcia's win, Riley Gaines, a former NCAA swimmer who fights against allowing trans athletes to compete in women's sports, took to social media.

Following Garcia’s win, Riley Gaines, a former NCAA swimmer who fights against allowing trans athletes to compete in women’s sports, took to social media.

Washington State runner Veronica Garcia aka Davina Brown aka Donovan Brown won the 1600 Sprint Medley Relay last month

Washington State runner Veronica Garcia aka Davina Brown aka Donovan Brown won the 1600 Sprint Medley Relay last month

Veronica Garcia, left, is seen helping East Valley High School win the girls district team title this season

Veronica Garcia, left, is seen helping East Valley High School win the girls district team title this season

Veronica Garcia also helped East Valley HS win the girls district team title this season.  He is seen in the first place on stage wearing glasses

Veronica Garcia also helped East Valley HS win the girls district team title this season. He is seen in the first place on stage wearing glasses

On Saturday night, after Garcia’s win, Riley Gaines, a former NCAA swimmer who fights to allow trans athletes to compete in women’s sports, took to social media to post a video of the race.

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“Look at this… the thing that never happened never happened again.

«Veronica Garcia (Donovan Brown) just won the Washington state girls 400m championship in total dominance.»

Gaines became an anti-trans activist after she tied for fifth place with transgender swimmer Lia Thomas at the 2022 swim meet. However, Thomas was handed the trophy over Gaines.

The Kentucky swimmer has since joined forces with a dozen college athletes who filed a lawsuit against the NCAA on Thursday, accusing it of violating their Title IX rights by allowing Thomas to compete in the competition.



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