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Commonwealth Games: Laurel Hubbard injured, Emily Campbell wins bronze

10 April, 2018, 20:26 | Author: Lora Ball
  • A champion lifter when still classified as male critics say Laurel Hubbard cannot be beaten as a female

After much discourse and calls for her to be banned, Hubbard stepped onto the dice Monday as favorite for gold in the women's 90kg-plus category.

Hubbard had the backing of the governing body to compete at the Commonwealth Games, amid protest.

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

"A person is a person and a lady is a lady and I do know a variety of modifications have gone by way of, however prior to now Laurel Hubbard was once a male champion weightlifter", he stated.

"I am glad that people can come out and live their lives and be happy", said Tracey Lambrechs, who won bronze at the 2014 Games.

A transgender weightlifter's competition ended in injury, but her participation is still a victory for equality.

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Since Hubbard became eligible to compete in worldwide events at the start of previous year, her involvement has polarized views in weightlifting.

Hubbard then caught her elbow and seemed in considerable pain because she walked off the point.

"I have no regrets about the attempts I made because I believe that to be true to sport you really have to try to be the best that you can".

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.

Not one of the additional lifters, including Australia's Deb Loveley-Acason, acquired everywhere near Hubbard'therefore indicate.

But Hubbard has received widespread support - both from the locals that warmly applauded her entry onto the weightlifting floor, to several Kiwi sporting personalities calling for her to carry the New Zealand flag during next Sunday's closing ceremony.

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Hubbard said it was likely she'd ruptured a ligament and sustained "some fairly significant tissue damage".

Meanwhile, Australian Weightlifting Federation CEO Michael Keelan wrote to a number of governing bodies to express his concerns.

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).

She said it's too early to decide if she'll continue to weightlift. "I felt (it was) just like a big embrace and I wanted to give them something that reflected the best I could do, and my only real regret today was that I was unable to show them", Hubbard said.

Hubbard didn't need to go anywhere near the sun - she already had it made in the shade.

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