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Hubbard won gold and became the first transgender woman to win an worldwide weightlifting title for New Zealand.

Reuters picGOLD COAST, April 10 ― The elbow injury that forced transgender competitor Laurel Hubbard out of the Commonwealth Games weightlifting competition has ended her career, she said today.

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

"It looks like it is going to be a career-ending injury, but I'm glad I'm going out trying to achieve my best on the platform".

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.

Hubbard allegedly made her changeover to be girl at the time of 35 and now she has fulfilled each criteria below Commonwealth Games policies to qualify for its ladies's over-90kg lifting celebration.

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

"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".

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

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The crowd has gone, the spotlight is off. Laurel Hubbard never wanted it on her.

She officially withdrew from the competition after consulting with newzealand's healthcare staff, even though leading case going in to the clean and jerk segment.

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

"We all transition at a different rate, and a big factor that plays a part in that is your age", she said.

"I just hope they're mindful of how she feels". But there's no indication at all that they were anything other than absolutely fantastic.

Hubbard's withdrawal paved the way for Stowers to claim the gold with a combined total of 253kg, ahead of Nauruan lifter Charisma Amoe-Tarrant (243) and England's Emily Campbell (242).

"A real credit to the Australian people and also the broader sporting community".

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

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 global sporting event.


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