Transgender weightlifter says injury may be career-ending

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Though she walked onto the platform to thunderous applause, her appearance at this year's Games sparked controversy among other competitors and judges.

Hubbard had been going for a Games snatch record of 132kg, but her determination to produce her absolute best cost her the win.

Hubbard couldn't hold the weight at the top and suffered what she suspects may be a ruptured ligament in her left elbow as the bar dropped from her grasp behind her.

Hubbard, whose birth name is Gavin, competed as a man in global weightlifting competitions until 2014 before undergoing gender reassignment several years ago.

Hubbard reportedly made her transition to turn into a lady on the age of 35 and he or she has happy each standards below Commonwealth Video games guidelines to qualify for the ladies's over-90kg lifting occasion.

Despite this, Hubbard put on another 3kg for a 130kg hoist for her next lift.

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Samoan weightlifting coach Jerry Wallwork has hit out at Kiwi lifter Laurel Hubbard ahead of this afternoon's women's over 90kg category competition on the Gold Coast.

"I have no regrets about the attempts that I made, because I believe that to be true to sport you really have to try to be the best that you can". She claimed World Championships silver last November behind Sarah Robles of the United States.

The transgender weightlifter has recently faced criticism from people who feel that she should not compete in the women's category.

"I gave it everything I could", the New Zealander said.

Did she take extra pride from having accepted all the extra attention?

"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", Wallwork said. "It's just very unfair".

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"So 18 years and we have come a long way since then", he said.

But what they - being the critics - didn't consider was that New Zealand's transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard was just as vulnerable to injury as any other athlete.

Given the opposition from some quarters to her inclusion in the women's division, there was concern she would get a prickly reception but Hubbard received a heart-warming welcome.

Take the view of Michael Keelan, chief executive of the Australian weightlifting federation, who argued: "Weighting has always been a gender-specific sport, male and female, not a competition among individuals of various levels of testosterone".

"I would hope they would support me, but it's not for me to make them do so".

In Hubbard's absence, Stowers won the gold with a total of 253, followed by Charisma Amoe-Tarrant of Nauru (243) and Emily Campbell of England (242).

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