Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard's career ended by injury at Commonwealth Games

A champion lifter when still classified as male critics say Laurel Hubbard cannot be beaten as a female

After much discourse and calls for her to be banned, Hubbard stepped onto the dice Monday as favorite for gold in the women's 90kg-plus category.

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.

She had managed to lift 120kg in her first attempt, missed at 127kg for her second, and raised the weight another 5kg to 132kg, hoping to break her personal best of 131kg.

"But until we have further scanning we won't know the details".

According to reports, Samoan coach Jerry Wallwork earlier took issue with Hubbard, saying she had an unfair advantage and adding: "A man is a man and a woman is a woman".

Stowers has only been lifting for around three years, and this was her first major worldwide competition.

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"Nothing against her as a person and I do feel sorry for, her but I just don't think it is right that she is competing against born women at this stage, so it's probably a good thing she did not win today and you wonder whether the pressure of all she has been through may have told".

Hubbard then caught her elbow and seemed in considerable pain because she walked off the point.

"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".

Hubbard said it was likely she'd ruptured a ligament and sustained "some fairly significant tissue damage".

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

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

Nevertheless, Australian Weightlifting Federation chief executive Mike Keelan wrote that "it is our strong view that weightlifting has always been a gender-specific sport, male and female, not a competition among individuals of various levels of testosterone".

"A real credit to the Australian people and also the broader sporting community".

An emotional Stowers declined to speak directly to reporters but a Samoa team official said the lifter felt "shocked and so happy" that Hubbard had withdrawn.

"I think you have to be true to yourself and I hope in this case, that's what I have done".

While Hubbard's afternoon did not go to script, history was still made and discussions will continue.

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