CWG 2018: Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard withdraws injured, Samoa take gold

Tom Walsh salutes the crowd after throwing a Commonwealth Games record with his first throw

Tom Walsh salutes the crowd after throwing a Commonwealth Games record with his first throw

New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard reacts after failing to make a lift in the snatch of the women's +90kg weightlifting final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard withdrew from the Commonwealth Video games' over-90kg weightlifting competitors after struggling this damage.

"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".

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

Video games officers had repeatedly declared their assist for Hubbard's inclusion within the occasion, regardless of the 40-year-old having beforehand competed internationally on the lads's weightlifting circuit below the identify Gavin Hubbard.

I have absolute certainty that Hubbard did not transition simply to win weightlifting medals.

The Commonwealth Games is a multi-sport event for the Commonwealth of Nations, which is an association of countries mostly made up of former British territories.

Nevertheless, Australian Weightlifting Federation chief executive Mike Keelan wrote that "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".

"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.

"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.

Of her decision to lift the heavier weight she said: "You can't just phone it in".

She lifted 103kg in the snatch and 139kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 242kg.

"People shouldn't be making comments and making her feel frightful for doing something she loves to do".

Hubbard then grabbed her elbow and appeared in appreciable ache as she walked off the stage.

"I love the way she just wanted to come and not just to turn up, but actually test herself". My only real regret was that I was unable to show that. 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 have done".

She became the first New Zealand transgender athlete to qualify for the Commonwealth Games.

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

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