Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard suffers horrific elbow injury during lift

Tom Walsh salutes the crowd after throwing a Commonwealth Games record with his first throw Controversial transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard withdraws from the Commonwealth Games with a gruesome elbow injury
Eugene Bates | 10 April, 2018, 20:24

Hubbard told New Zealand team fans at the country's base on Monday afternoon that her future prospects in professional weightlifting were grim.

Hubbard allegedly made her changeover to be girl at the time of 35 and now she has fulfilled each criteria below Commonwealth Games policies to qualify for its ladies's over-90kg lifting celebration.

The 40-year-old had no regrets about what had happened, saying: "At this stage we don't know the exact details of the injury", according to the Australian Associated Press.

"I love the way she's come and not just wanted to turn up, (but) to actually test herself - full credit to her", Kent said.

"That really energised her and gave her the confidence to want to go out there and try a record".

"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.

Then, as I put on my hard-bitten sports reporter's trilby, I had to question what seemed like a frightful tactical move that may have played a part in her Games downfall. 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.

Not one of the additional lifters, including Australia's Deb Loveley-Acason, acquired everywhere near Hubbard'therefore indicate. Citing a possible ruptured ligament, the 40-year-old athlete withdrew from the women's +90k finals, where she was favorited to win.

Asked whether she had been anxious about getting a rough reception at the Games in Gold Coast, Hubbard said: "It would be untrue to say that the thought never crossed my mind".

"Twelve months as a policy for everyone is just the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard in my life".

Australian Weightlifting Federation CEO Michael Keelan wrote to the IWF and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in an attempt to have Hubbard banned.

Stowers, whose coach had slammed Hubbard's entry as an "unfair advantage" in the lead-up, claimed gold with a combined total of 253kg, ahead of Nauruan Charisma Amoe-Tarrant (243) and England's Emily Campbell (242).

'But in the past Laurel Hubbard used to be a male champion weightlifter. "But there's no indication at all that they were anything other than absolutely fantastic".

"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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