Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Transgender Female Loses Weightlifting Championship in Freak Accident

Transgender Female Loses Weightlifting Championship in Freak Accident

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

"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.

Hubbard defended herself earlier, saying: "Not everyone supports me or accepts me but there are people who do".

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

"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".

She formally withdrew from the competitors after consulting New Zealand's medical workers, regardless of main the occasion heading into the clear and jerk part.

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

"I don't think I am any different from anyone else, I don't think I am any tougher - I just do what I have to do", Hubbard said. Hubbard was judged eligible to compete as a woman a year ago after showing testosterone levels below the threshold required by the International Olympic Committee.

The 40-year-old, whose participation was criticised as "unfair" by the Samoan team, said at the time she thought she had ruptured a ligament in her left elbow.

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While the spectators naturally reserved their loudest cheers for home favorite Deb Lovely-Acason, Hubbard's first appearance on the stage was warmly applauded.

Asked if she would target the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, she said she would not think so far ahead. "It felt just like a big embrace".

Australian Weightlifting Federation chief Michael Keelan even tried to have the ruling on Hubbard overturned.

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

Hubbard didn't need to go anywhere near the sun - she already had it made in the shade.

While some of her fellow weightlifters have declined to comment during the Games, England's Emily Campbell -who competed against Hubbard in the 90kg+ category - was supportive of her rival.

Grevemberg said what the International Olympic Committee was doing in regard to transgender athletes was still evolving but stressed Hubbard had met the qualification criteria.

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

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