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Weightlifter suffers horror injury at Commonwealth Games

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Transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard from New Zealand was the focal point Monday morning.

Not just because of her gender transformation, but for the nasty injury she endured while attempting to lift 130kg.

Hubbard, originally a man and competed as a male lifter until four years ago, has provoked other participants with her inclusion at the Games.

Before the Games began in Australia, Samoan coach Jerry Wallwork had expressed his displeasure of Hubbard being allowed to compete.

He said: “A man is a man and a woman is a woman and I know a lot of changes have gone through.

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

“The strength is still there and I think it’s very unfair, and for all females it’s unfair.”

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

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“To anyone who questions my involvement, I would say I didn’t win (at the World Championships).

“If people think I have an overwhelming advantage, I think they should look at it in that light.”

England's Emily Campbell is on Hubbard's side, saying the critisicm towards the New Zealander is "unfair".

Hubbard won the silver medal at the World Championships in 2017 and was the favourite in the competition and was living up to the expectations.

She was in a comfortable lead after lifting 120kg in the 90kg+ category. However, she failed her next attempt to lift 127kg.

Despite this, Hubbard put on another 3kg for a 130kg hoist for her next lift. Which is when the horrid injury occurred.

The pictures showed Hubbard’s elbow turn backwards in an unnatural position. Shortly after, her face displayed her agony before she held her other hand to her bend elbow.

At the age of 40, it is believed this was her last competition at this level. The injury might have been the nail in the coffin.

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