“Valentina” Petrillo won his 8th women’s track title in Italy. Sure, Petrillo is actually a man named Fabrizio, but don’t you dare be a “Nazi” and question this lunacy.
A 50-year-old trans-identified male runner has seized his eighth championship title in a women’s category after smashing the competition at the Italian Indoor Masters Championship in Ancona.
On March 12, Valentina Petrillo, born Fabrizio, competed in the 200m race for women aged 50 to 54. Marco Alciator, a statistician, was present at the championship to monitor Petrillo’s performance and provided a report to the Italian Feminist Post on what he witnessed.
Alciator recorded a difference in “physicality [was] immediately noticeable” and that the female competitors could not hold their own against Petrillo, who effortlessly dominated the competition.
But Petrillo’s prowess in women’s athletic competitions is hardly praiseworthy, says Alciator, who notes that if Petrillo had been competing in the equivalent men’s race, he wouldn’t have even broken the top 10.
“Were it not for the fact that Petrillo is still unbelievably entitled to compete in the women’s category, he would have finished 14th place in the M50 category.”
Following Petrillo’s victory, the female athlete who came in second place expressed disappointment in the results. If not for Petrillo, Cristina Sanulli would have come in the first place and set a women’s indoor running record.
“We do not feel equal precisely because [Petrillo’s] physical structure is male,” Sanulli told Alciator. “So we are not running at par. Although the [personal] path Valentina has taken is respectable… athletically speaking, it is not, and because of this, we feel very discriminated against.”
At the end of the race, a spectator could be heard shouting, “Brava, Cristina!” a cheer that received applause from other athletes. This show of support for Sanulli enraged Petrillo, Alciator says, who then shouted several times in response: “Dedicated to all those who want to hurt me!”
Leading up to the latest race, a women’s rights advocacy group called RadFem Italia contacted government officials to ensure that Petrillo would not be granted access to the women’s locker rooms. In response, Petrillo was provided with a designated changing room reserved especially for him at the Italian Master’s Championships in Ancona.
On March 16, Petrillo again lashed out in a Facebook post wherein he equated criticism of his presence in women’s sports to Nazism, telling detractors they were “on the same level as Hitler” and comparing sex-based sports categories to a 1936 ban on Jewish athletes.
Upset at being denied the use of the women’s locker room, Petrillo wrote, “In Ancona, you made me have a terrible time, it is not fair… you’ve relegated me to a ‘dedicated’ locker room,” a situation which he claimed was similar to the segregation of those called appestati, or sufferers of a plague.
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