Hubbard set to quit lifting after injury

Hubbard set to quit lifting after injury

Held April 4 to 15 in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, the Commonwealth Games see top athletes from former and current British colonies competing in dozens of sports.

Her first attempt of 120kg in the snatch was good enough for first place, but in attempting to break the Games record with a failed 132kg lift the Kiwi damaged her elbow to such an extent that she was unable to compete in the second half of the competition, the clean and jerk.

"The crowd was absolutely magnificent", said Hubbard. She took part in last year's world championships, winning a silver medal, after the IWF ruled she'd undergone at least a year of hormone therapy and had recorded a sufficiently low level of testosterone.

Hubbard's inclusion within the competitors turned the ladies's over-90kg class into some of the mentioned occasions within the lead as much as the Gold Coast Video games.

"The strength is still there also and I believe it's very unjust, and for all women it's unjust".

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She claimed: "Not everyone supports me or accepts me but there are people who do".

Laurel Hubbard beforehand competed below the identify Gavin Hubbard earlier than transitioning into a lady.

Kent lauded Hubbard for her resilience in the face of criticism and debate around her participation in women's weightlifting. "I'm sure that will come with time", she added.

But what they - being the critics - didn't consider was that New Zealand's transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard was just as vulnerable to injury as any other athlete.

"She was a champion weightlifter as a man", said Melbourne resident Paul Shannon outside the venue.

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They really made me try to lift my best.

"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".

"At this stage we don't know the exact details of the injury - it seems likely that I have ruptured a ligament or... some fairly significant tissue damage, but until we have further scanning we won't know the details or extent of the injury", Hubbard said, New Zealand news site Stuff reported.

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

There was warm applause from the venue's crowd when Hubbard lifted but some spectators said she should not have been allowed to compete as a woman.

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An emotional Stowers declined to speak directly to reporters but a Samoa team official said the lifter felt "shocked and so happy" that Hubbard had withdrawn.

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