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.

Laurel Hubbard, 40, was in obvious distress when her left elbow gave way attempting to snatch a Games-record 132kg, when she was already leading the competition with 120kg.

The 40-year-old had no regrets about what had happened, saying: "At this stage we don't know the exact details of the injury", according to the Australian Associated Press.

"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", he told the ABC.

Earlier in the day, Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg said Hubbard should be supported in her endeavours.

However, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) states that for transgender women to compete, they must demonstrate their testosterone levels are below 10 nmol/L for "at least 12 months prior to her first competition".


Despite doing everything she could do to prove she deserved her place in the event, Hubbard was forced to endure repeated attempts to stop her from taking part.

"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.

"She is very comfortable with who she is and she is participating in a sport she loves".

"The energy remains to be there and I feel it's totally unfair, and for all females it's unfair".

The Australian Weightlifting Federation had formally complained about Hubbard's participation, and the president of the Samoan federation also spoke out against it.

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


At Carrara Sports Arena, Hubbard was second only to Australia's Deb Lovely-Acason in terms of crowd popularity when the athletes were introduced.

Hubbard had been "really buoyed" by the crowd's reaction to her first lift, he said.

"Oh wow. That to me seemed just like the elbow got here out and went again in", a Channel 7 commentator stated. "But there's no indication at all that they were anything other than absolutely fantastic".

Samoa's Feagaiga Stowers won the gold medal, with Charisma Amoe-Tarrant of Nauru taking silver.

She was proud to have made history.

Coach Simon Kent said Hubbard had completely ruptured a ligament.


"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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