Canadian transgender cyclist defends her Masters title for second year

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'We are either full and equal women, or not': Canadian transgender cyclist, 37, defends herself from critics after retaining her Masters Track Worlds title Rachel McKinnon, 37, won the gold medal in her 35-39 age category sprint at the Masters Track World Championships in Manchester on Saturday  McKinnon, an assistant professor of philosophy, beat American Dawn Orwick for this year's title  She became the first transgender athlete to win the title at last year's event in Los Angeles Almost immediately after her win, McKinnon was forced to defend her title after becoming the target of social media  

By Emily Crane For Dailymail.com

Published: 22:03 BST, 21 October 2019 | Updated: 07:25 BST, 22 October 2019

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Canadian transgender cyclist Rachel McKinnon has defended her sprint title at the Masters Track Worlds for the second year running. 

The 37-year-old won the gold medal in the 35-39 age category sprint at the Masters Track World Championships in Manchester in the UK on Saturday. 

She became the first transgender athlete to win the title at last year's event in Los Angeles. 

Canadian cyclist Rachel McKinnon (center) celebrates her gold medal on the podium with bronze medalist Kirsten Herup Sovang of Denmark and silver medalist Dawn Orwick (left) of the USA

Canadian cyclist Rachel McKinnon (center) celebrates her gold medal on the podium with bronze medalist Kirsten Herup Sovang of Denmark and silver medalist Dawn Orwick (left) of the USA

McKinnon, an assistant professor of philosophy, beat American Dawn Orwick for this year's title. 

She set a new master's world record in the 200m time trial with a

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