Commonwealth Games: Transgender Kiwi star's injury could be 'career-ending'

Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand was forced out of the women's +90kg final after injuring her elbow during the

Commonwealth Games: Transgender Kiwi star's injury could be 'career-ending'

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.

Hubbard was seeking a Commonwealth Games record of 132kg.

"But until we have further scanning we won't know the details".

She went into the competition as the early favourite and was living up to the hype early on.

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

New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard reacts after failing to make a lift in the snatch of the women's +90kg weightlifting final
Commonwealth Games: Transgender Kiwi star's injury could be 'career-ending'

"Look, it would be untrue to say that the thought never crossed my mind", she said when asked if she was anxious about the crowds not applauding for her because she's trans.

Kent lauded Hubbard for her resilience in the face of criticism and debate around her participation in women's weightlifting.

"People are entitled to their opinion but at the end of the day I think she's pretty courageous for what she's been doing".

Before transitioning, Hubbard was a national junior record-holder in the male 230lb weight class.

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. Citing a possible ruptured ligament, the 40-year-old athlete withdrew from the women's +90k finals, where she was favorited to win.

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Hubbard's presence had been criticised by some officials from rival countries, but she received a huge roar of support when she was introduced to the crowd.

"I'm not here to change the world, I'm just here to be myself".

Hubbard said that her only regret is that she couldn't show the crowd the best that she could do since they were so welcoming of her.

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).

Australian Weightlifting Federation CEO Michael Keelan wrote to the IWF and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in an attempt to have Hubbard banned. "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".

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Hubbard earlier said, "it's obviously a hard time".

A Kiwi TV commentator described the second as a "dramatic twist" after Hubbard had appeared effectively on her solution to the gold medal.

"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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