Commonwealth Games: Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard reveals career likely over

Coaches of rival teams say transgender lifter Laurel Hubbard's male past gives her an unfair advantage in the women's event

The 40-year-old athlete, a hot favourite on Monday to win Gold Coast gold, twisted and injured her left elbow in her final snatch attempt.

Hubbard said afterward she suspected a ruptured ligament but on Tuesday confirmed the injury could be "career-ending", AFP reported.

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

Hubbard is the oldest of the 207 weightlifters competing at the Games.

"The Commonwealth Games are a model for what sport can and should be".

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

"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".

"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", head coach Jerry Wallwork said, according to multiple reports.

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

Hubbard made history by competing at the Gold Coast Games, despite fierce opposition from rivals.

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.

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

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

However, Hubbard's efforts were cut short when her elbow gave way, and she was forced to withdraw.

Australian Weightlifting Federation leader executive Michael Keelan a month called the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Commonwealth Games Federation to unveil the rule book that has enabled Hubbard to compete the Goldcoast. My only real regret was that I was unable to show that. "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).

There was warm applause from the venue's crowd when Hubbard lifted but some spectators said she should not have been allowed to compete as a woman.

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