Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard denied gold medal by horrendous injury


Hubbard reportedly made her transition to turn into a lady on the age of 35 and he or she has happy each standards below Commonwealth Video games guidelines to qualify for the ladies's over-90kg lifting occasion.

Hubbard, whose participation was criticised as "unfair" by the Samoan team, lifted 120kg but appeared to injure her arm after attempting 132kg with her third effort at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre on Monday.

The 40-year-old had no regrets about what had happened, saying: "At this stage we don't know the exact details of the injury", according to the Australian Associated Press.

"A person is a person and a lady is a lady and I do know a variety of modifications have gone by way of, however prior to now Laurel Hubbard was once a male champion weightlifter", he stated.

"The crowd was absolutely magnificent - I felt just like a big embrace and I wanted to give them something that reflected the best I could do", Hubbard said of the positive reception she received, and her decision to push for a record.

She had already cleared 120 kilograms with her first lift and was well ahead of Samoa's Feagaiga Stowers when she over-extended, and the bar traveled behind her shoulders.

"It looks like it is going to be a career-ending injury, but I'm glad I'm going out trying to achieve my best on the platform. The fact is the government of New Zealand has given her a passport for a female", he said.

Hubbard made history by competing at the Gold Coast Games, despite fierce opposition from rivals.

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"The strength is still there and I think it's very unfair, and for all females it's unfair".

Hubbard couldn't hold the weight at the top and suffered what she suspects may be a ruptured ligament in her left elbow as the bar dropped from her grasp behind her. Hubbard was judged eligible to compete as a woman past year after showing testosterone levels below the threshold required by the International Olympic Committee.

Not one of the different lifters, together with Australia's Deb Loveley-Acason, obtained anyplace close to Hubbard's mark.

Australian Weightlifting Federation CEO Michael Keelan wrote to the IWF and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in an attempt to have Hubbard banned.

Hubbard herself had earlier acted very diplomatically when speaking of the criticism.

A Kiwi TV commentator described as soon being a "striking twist" later Hubbard had seemed well on her way to the gold medal.

"I think you have to be true to yourself and I hope in this case, that's what I have done".