Transgender weightlifter Hubbard out of Olympics as she fails with every attempt

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New Zealand weightlifter, and the Olympics first transgender athlete, Laurel Hubbard is out of the Olympics after failing to record a successful snatch.

The 43-year-old Kiwi made history on Monday morning as she became the games' first transgender athlete in its over 100-year history.

Hubbard had been tipped for a medal, but she failed to complete a clean lift in any of her three attempts in Tokyo on Monday.

The Kiwi was competing in the women's over 87kg category.

Hubbard was unable to stabilise 120kg over her head – her starting weight – and she then twice failed at 125kg to end her games.

Despite Hubbard's personal best being 132kg, she struggled with 120kg as she dropped the bar behind her head.

Her second attempt, at 125kg, went to the judges ruling, who ruled it out 2-1, after she struggled to hold it above her head.

Hubbard's final attempt at 125kg also involved the bar going over the Kiwi's head, leaving her eliminated from the competition.

Hubbard's involvement in the games had been controversial.

And fellow weightlifter Anna Vanbellinghen, who was representing Belgium, said: "Anyone that has trained weightlifting at a high level knows this to be true in their bones: this particular situation is unfair to the sport and to the athletes.

"For athletes, the whole thing feels like a bad joke," Vanbellinghen said back in May, however, she was quick to support the transgender community.

Hubbard has been eligible to compete in the Olympics since 2015, when the IOC first allowed transgender athletes.

The IOC allows transgender participants if their testosterone levels are below 10 nanomoles per litre for at least a year before competition.

The 43-year-old was gracious in defeat, and after she failed in her final attempt at 125kg, Hubbard turned to the judges and bowed before bowing to the crowd.

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Hubbard was grateful for her opportunity to represent her nation on the biggest stage: "The Olympic Games are a global celebration of our hopes, our ideals and our values.

"I commend the IOC for its commitment to making sport inclusive and accessible."

  • Olympics
  • Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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