Transgender New Zealand Weight-lifter withdraws from Commonwealth Games after Debilitating Accident

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She had managed to lift 120kg in her first attempt, missed at 127kg for her second, and raised the weight another 5kg to 132kg, hoping to break her personal best of 131kg.

Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard's injury to her elbow from yesterday's Commonwealth Games final could be career-ending, she says.

The CEO of the Australian Weightlifting Federation Michael Keelan has asked the Olympic Committee to clarify why Hubbard has been approved to compete in the female branch, and said: "Ultimately, it is our strong view that weightlifting has always been a gender-specific sport, male and female, not a competition among individuals of various levels of testosterone".

Hubbard's inclusion in the competition flipped the ladies's over-90kg type in to a few of the most discussed events in the guide up to the Gold Coast video games.

In an interview, Hubbard said she just wants to show she is no different.

Formerly known as Gavin, Hubbard set national records as a male weightlifter in 1998 before subsequently transitioning, reportedly aged 35.

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

Having shunned the pre-competition spotlight - the New Zealander arrived on the Gold Coast later than the rest of her teammates - the focus was very much on the 40-year-old who has split opinion in recent months.

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The athlete, who is the top-ranked female weightlifter in the world, became the first trans sportsperson to represent her country.

Dignity was present in the way Hubbard addressed the media after her misfortune.

They really made me try to lift my best.

"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.

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.

Samoa's Feagaiga Stowers won the gold medal, with Charisma Amoe-Tarrant of Nauru taking silver. "But there's no indication at all that they were anything other than absolutely fantastic". She had been cleared to compete by the governing bodies, and so she has, with aplomb.

She said it's too early to decide if she'll continue to weightlift.

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