So what I'm confused about is why if she's on hormones her times this year aren't any slower than what she ran as a man.
Below you will see a comparison of her PBs as a man and woman.
55 7.01 7.02
60 7.67 7.63
100 12.17 (-1.2) 12.24 (0.6)
200 24.03 24.30 (-3.9)
400 55.77 54.41
55H 7.98 7.91
60H 8.52 8.33
Can someone explain this? Is she just way more motivated as she can now clean up or is something amiss with the hormone treatment? Normally there is a giant drop in performance.
How do her fellow competitors feel about the competition?
I mean it's kind of laughable right. Last year, she was a very poor athlete on the men's team. Now she's #2 on the NCAA on the women's team.
Perhaps some men who are transitioning need higher levels of hormones than others to achieve the same feminising effects. As far as I understand, it was HRT - hormone replacement tablets - that were found in the baggage of the women's 800m runners who are now subject to the new rule, during the activation of the previous rule. HRT delivers a tiny dose of female hormones, much less than the average women of full fertility produces naturally. Its really just enough to stave off the negative effects of the menopause but not to produce optimum hormone levels for fertility.
Perhaps transgender athletes taking hormones are less adversely affected by the hormones in the explosive short sprint events and require higher level of hormones to take away their advantage.
Perhaps the guy isn't taking the hormones at all, or incorrectly or intermittently.
Perhaps dosing him with HRT worked out at the average weight of a woman isn't effective enough in a tall muscular man.
I think its quite clear from his appearance that you can see that the feminising effect of whatever hormones he is supposed to have been taking isn't visually apparent at all.