Commonwealth Games: Transgender weightlifter withdraws

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Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has withdrawn midway through the Commonwealth Games tournament, despite leading the standings after the snatch in the 90+kg division.

The New Zealander, whose participation was criticised as “unfair” by the Samoan team, lifted 120kg but appeared to injure her arm after attempting 132kg with her third effort, shortly into the clean and jerk component, it was announced that Hubbard had declined her lifts.

On Monday, Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg called on her nation to support the lifter. “I hope all New Zealanders would get behind one of their athletes that has gone through the pathway to achieve greatness, and within the rules of the sport.”

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