Transgender weightlifter's bid for history derailed by injury

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The 40-year-old New Zealand athlete was injured while competing in the women's 90kg-plus category on Monday afternoon, which took place at the Carrara Sports Arena on the Gold Coast in Australia.

Hubbard passed all the guidelines which allowed the Commonwealth Games Federation to authorise her participation in the 2018 games.

New Zealander Hubbard, 40, led with a 120kg lift after the snatch discipline but had to withdraw with an elbow injury before the clean and jerk.

"At this stage we don't know the exact details of the injury".

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

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

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Since Hubbard became eligible to compete in global events at the start of past year, her involvement has polarized views in weightlifting. "The fact is the government of New Zealand has given her a passport for a female", he said.

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

"I think it's completely unfair on the other athletes".

"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".

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.

"My arm is busted", Hubbard said.

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"I'm glad that I've gone out trying to achieve my best on the platform because as the (New Zealand team) slogan says you have to "earn the fern", you can't just phone it in".

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

In Hubbard's absence, Stowers won the gold with a total of 253, followed by Charisma Amoe-Tarrant of Nauru (243) and Emily Campbell of England (242).

'But in the past Laurel Hubbard used to be a male champion weightlifter. "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".

She was proud to have made history.

"It's obviously a hard time, but the one thing I'm happiest about is that I tried to reach for my best performance".

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

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