Monday, 16 July, 2018

Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard Withdraws From Commonwealth Games After Elbow Injury

Current NZ coach Darren Smith says his team would love to beat his predecessor Colin Batch who now coaches Australia Source 1 NEWS
Edward Snyder | 10 April, 2018, 20:25

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.

Despite some of her critics believing she has an unfair advantage over other competitors, Games organizers gave their full backing to her participation in Queensland.

Your competition turned out then fired up its own head during Hubbard's third lift when she failed to raise the 132kg pub after which winced in pain because she had been made to lose it while in the action of lifting it over her head.

"Until we have further scanning, we won't know the details".

"A man is a person and a girl is actually a lady and I understand a lot of modifications have gone in the past Laurel Hubbard used to be male champion weightlifter", he said. It was a sad end to the competition for her and a convenient one for all those people who have been watching with incredulity.

Camera IconLauren Hubbard nurses her injury.

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

"I don't think I am any different from anyone else, I don't think I am any tougher - I just do what I have to do", Hubbard said.

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




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".

Hubbard, who spent most of her life as Gavin before transitioning, won two medals at last year's world championships.

While the spectators naturally reserved their loudest cheers for home favorite Deb Lovely-Acason, Hubbard's first appearance on the stage was warmly applauded.

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).

"I feel emotional, I feel really happy inside".

While Hubbard's afternoon did not go to script, history was still made and discussions will continue.

Commentators have been shocked by the damage with Kiwi sporting identities pushing for Hubbard to hold the Kiwi flag into the closing ceremony earlier within the week.

"I think you have to be true to yourself and I hope in this case that's what I've done", Hubbard added.

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