Transgender weightlifter out of Commonwealth Games after horror injury in record attempt

Transgender weightlifter out of Commonwealth Games after horror injury in record attempt

Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand competes in the Women's +90kg division during the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast April 10, 2018.

Hubbard withdrew from Monday's over 90-kilogram division after he/she nearly separated her entire shoulder and elbow attempting a Commonwealth Games record lift of 132 kilograms in the snatch.

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.

Despite doing everything she could do to prove she deserved her place in the event, Hubbard was forced to endure repeated attempts to stop her from taking part.

The 40-year-old, who lived as Gavin Hubbard until four years ago and competed at national level as a man, finished second in the women's super-heavyweights behind American Sarah Robles at the world championships in December.

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

"It wouldn't be true if I said I wasn't unhappy at the moment but the nature of sport means that things don't always go your way and it is what it is", added Hubbard.

"[She] is lifting a lot more than what the other women are... so personally I do think there is an unfair advantage even though it is within all the regulations".

"She just wants to lift".

"People shouldn't be making comments and making her feel awful for doing something she loves to do".

Hubbard then caught her elbow and seemed in considerable pain because she walked off the point.

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"I would hope they would support me, but it's not for me to make them do so".

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

However, England's Emily Campbell said she believes the criticism of Hubbard is "unfair".

"I felt, like, just a big embrace".

"I wanted to give them something that was the best I could do".

"Look, it would be untrue to say that the thought never crossed my mind".

"But no indication today that they were anything other than fantastic", she said, "A real credit to Australian people and broader sporting community".

Despite this, Hubbard put on another 3kg for a 130kg hoist for her next lift.

"I hope all New Zealanders. would get behind one of their athletes that has gone through the pathway to achieve greatness, and within the rules of the sport".

Samoa's Feagaiga Stowers won the gold medal, with Charisma Amoe-Tarrant of Nauru taking silver.

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