Transgender Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard Almost Dislocates Arm During Competition

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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.

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg said the issue needs "robust debate".

Hubbard's third lift - an attempt to break her personal best of 131kg - went horribly wrong when Hubbard dropped the bar behind her and the athlete's elbow twisted awkwardly, leading to a withdrawal before the clean and jerk phase. It was a sad end to the competition for her and a convenient one for all those people who have been watching with incredulity.

"Nothing against her as a person and I do feel sorry for, her but I just don't think it is right that she is competing against born women at this stage, so it's probably a good thing she did not win today and you wonder whether the pressure of all she has been through may have told".

Writing for the New Zealand Herald on Sunday, Kris Shannon proposed that Hubbard would be an ideal candidate to represent New Zealand as national flag bearer for the games.

Hubbard made history by competing at the Gold Coast Games, despite fierce opposition from rivals.

"[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".

"I have no regret at the attempts because I believe to be true to sport you really have to try to be the best you can".

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In order to compete, Hubbard has had to prove that her testosterone levels meet strict criteria - and her last tests indicated that she has less testosterone than a cis female.

"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".

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

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

Hubbard added: "The crowd were absolutely magnificent".

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

The Australian Weightlifting Federation had formally complained about Hubbard's participation, and the president of the Samoan federation also spoke out against it.

A Kiwi TV commentator described the second as a "dramatic twist" after Hubbard had appeared effectively on her solution to the gold medal.

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