TOKYO: Transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard has failed to record a successful lift in the women’s +87kg weightlifting. She is the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympic games in a different gender category to the one in which they were born.
However, her failed attempt to lift 120kg and two failed efforts at 125kg in the snatch, caused her competition to end. Hubbard shared that she is aware that she had yet to hit the standard from a sports perspective which she placed upon herself and perhaps the standards which the country expected of her. One thing for sure, is that she is grateful for the supporters in New Zealand who have given her so much which is beyond astonishing.
She is thankful to the New Zealand Olympic Committee who have supported her through what has been quite difficult times.
The competition was won by China’s Li Wenwen with the record of 320kg followed by Emily Campbell the first British woman to win an Olympic weightlifting medal with her combined total of 283kg. The bronze medal was claimed by American Sarah Robles with 282kg. – BBC
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