Transgender Female Loses Weightlifting Championship in Freak Accident

Transgender Female Loses Weightlifting Championship in Freak Accident

On Monday, the 40-year-old weightlifter dislocated her left elbow as she attempted a Games record 132kg for her last snatch lift in the 90kg+ final at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre.

Although her presence on the Gold Coast caused much division, Hubbard received strong backing from the Commonwealth Games Federation.

However, Hubbard's efforts were cut short when her elbow gave way, and she was forced to withdraw.

She was in a comfortable lead after lifting 120kg in the 90kg+ category.

"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.

"I think it's completely unfair on the other athletes".

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Hubbard, who has been tested over the past 12 months to ensure her testosterone levels are below the limits for female competition, says she has been "hurt" by the coverage.

I have absolute certainty that Hubbard did not transition simply to win weightlifting medals.

Described as an "introverted character" by New Zealand's weightlifting high-performance director Simon Kent, Hubbard admitted she had anxious about the crowd's reaction prior to competition.

Prior to switching genders, Hubbard had competed as a male weightlifter for the New Zealand team.

Hubbard defended the decision to try to lift more weight than necessary, saying: "I think you have to be true to yourself, and I hope in this case that's what I've done".

The Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive, David Grevemberg, has said that Hubbard had passed requirements.

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Stowers has only been lifting for around three years, and this was her first major worldwide competition.

"It seems likely that I have ruptured a ligament, some insignificant tissue damage".

Camera IconLauren Hubbard nurses her injury.

In Hubbard's absence, Stowers won the gold with a total of 253, followed by Charisma Amoe-Tarrant of Nauru (243) and Emily Campbell of England (242).

However, she had been the aim of widespread protests and also uproar from competing Pilates federations, which comprised formal asks on her to be banned from the Commonwealth Games.

Commentators have been shocked by the damage with Kiwi sporting identities pushing for Hubbard to hold the Kiwi flag into the closing ceremony earlier within the week. "There is no question this is something that members have expressed various opinions on and it is something the weightlifting community really needs to come together and have some robust debate on where it needs to go", he said.

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