Laurel Hubbard's injury delays debate over transgender athletes

Laurel Hubbard's injury delays debate over transgender athletes

Hubbard left her arrival at the Commonwealth Games to the last minute, arriving after the rest of New Zealand's weightlifting team in order to keep a low profile, refusing any media interviews.

Your competition turned out then fired up its own head during Hubbard's third lift when she failed to raise the 132kg pub after which winced in pain because she had been made to lose it while in the action of lifting it over her head.

Though she walked onto the platform to thunderous applause, her appearance at this year's Games sparked controversy among other competitors and judges.

Speaking at a public event, Hubbard said: My arm is busted.

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

"I was out back with her and my gut was to not go for the heavier weight, but she looked me in the eye and said, 'No no no, I want the 132, ' and I wasn't going to say no to her".

Hubbard, who spent most of her life as Gavin before transitioning, won two medals at last year's world championships.

"We know we can't beat (Hubbard). but we wanted her to do a good result and get a good ranking".

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"I have no regrets about the attempts that I made, because I believe that to be true to sport you really have to try to be the best that you can".

So I sympathetically stood questioning the transgender weightlifter after she suffered an agonising injury - both physically and mentally - that forced her out of the women's +90kg class at the Games on the Gold Coast on Monday.

A transgender weightlifter's competition ended in injury, but her participation is still a victory for equality. Citing a possible ruptured ligament, the 40-year-old athlete withdrew from the women's +90k finals, where she was favorited to win.

Meanwhile, Australian Weightlifting Federation CEO Michael Keelan wrote to a number of governing bodies to express his concerns.

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

Hubbard's withdrawal paved the way for Stowers to claim the gold with a combined total of 253kg, ahead of Nauruan lifter Charisma Amoe-Tarrant (243) and England's Emily Campbell (242).

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

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

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