Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Transgender weightlifter's historic competition ends in horrific injury

Transgender weightlifter's historic competition ends in horrific injury

She reacted to a warm reception from the audience in the Carrara Sports Arena on Monday day with a 120kg snatch lift inside her very first make an effort to put the competition on notice.

But while making a Games-record 132kg lift on her final attempt, her arm buckled dramatically and she had to withdraw.

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.

"The one saving grace in all of this is that I'm not in any great pain at the moment - I'm sure that that will come with time".

Video games officers had repeatedly declared their assist for Hubbard's inclusion within the occasion, regardless of the 40-year-old having beforehand competed internationally on the lads's weightlifting circuit below the identify Gavin Hubbard.

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"Crying my eyes out watch Laurel Hubbard, I wish I could share some of this pressure with her", tweeted dual-international athlete and transgender activist Kirsti Miller.

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

She officially withdrew from the competition after consulting with newzealand's healthcare staff, even though leading case going in to the clean and jerk segment.

"I saw the photo of her and it was very clear she enjoys a physical advantage which is not possible for born women to enjoy, " McGregor told the Daily Telegraph.

The Samoan coaches protested the presence of a biological male competing as a woman weightlifter, suggesting that despite his/her chosen gender identity he/she still has the anatomy and strength of a male.

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

Kent lauded Hubbard for her resilience in the face of criticism and debate around her participation in women's weightlifting.

"I feel emotional, I feel really happy inside".

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

The athlete, who is the top-ranked female weightlifter in the world, became the first trans sportsperson to represent her country. "But there's no indication at all today that they were anything other than absolutely fantastic, a real credit to the Australian people and also the broader sporting community".

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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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