Commonwealth Games 2018: Everything you need to know about Laurel Hubbard

Commonwealth Games 2018: Everything you need to know about Laurel Hubbard

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.

Kiwi transgender weightlifting star Laurel Hubbard's Commonwealth Games gold medal effort was dramatically ruined if she experienced a "gruesome" competitors accident.

"My arm is busted", Hubbard said.

Hubbard claimed that her silver medal at the World Championships past year proves she does not have an unfair advantage.

She was in a comfortable lead after lifting 120kg in the 90kg+ category.

"I saw the photo of her and it was very clear she enjoys a physical advantage which is not possible for born women to enjoy, " McGregor told the Daily Telegraph.

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

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

He had been impressed by her attitude at the Games.




Just months after Adam Rippon became the first openly gay American man to win a medal at the Winter Olympics and snowboarder Gus Kenworthy shared a kiss with his boyfriend live on national television in Pyeongchang, gold for Hubbard would have been another momentous moment for the LGBT community at a major worldwide sporting event.

"She felt it unfair for her to compete (with Hubbard)".

Stowers has only been lifting for around three years, and this was her first major worldwide competition.

"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".

She was seeking a Commonwealth Games record of 132kg. "But there's no indication at all that they were anything other than absolutely fantastic".

Samoa's Feagaiga Stowers, 17, took gold on Australia's Gold Coast ahead of Nauru's Charisma Amoe-Tarrant.

However, she had been the aim of widespread protests and also uproar from competing Pilates federations, which comprised formal asks on her to be banned from the Commonwealth Games.

Grevemberg said what the International Olympic Committee was doing in regard to transgender athletes was still evolving but stressed Hubbard had met the qualification criteria. "There is no question this is something that members have expressed various opinions on and it is something the weightlifting community really needs to come together and have some robust debate on where it needs to go", he said.

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