Transgender Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard Crashes Out of The Olympics

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

2 Aug 2021

Controversial transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard crashed out of her weightlifting final after making history by becoming the first transgender athlete to compete at an Olympic Games.

The New Zealander failed her attempt to lift 120kg and also failed her two efforts at 125kg in the snatch ending her competition early.

Hubbard said on her exit: “Of course, I’m not entirely unaware of the controversy which surrounds my participation in these Games,”

“And, as such, I’d particularly like to thank the IOC, for, I think, really affirming their commitment to the principals of Olympism, and establishing that sport is something for all people. It is inclusive. It is accessible.”

She ended by thanking the International Weightlifting Federation, saying they “they too have shown that weightlifting is an activity that’s open to all of the people in the world”.

China’s Li Wenwen broke an Olympic world record by lifting 140kg in the same event and looks set for Gold. القمار

Hubbard who transitioned in 2012 and competed in international weightlifting for the first time in 2017 and has been a topic in the media since. استراتيجية روليت

Detractors of Hubbard previously argued that her inclusion was unfair on other competitors considering that Hubbard is naturally stronger.

Ro Edge, of Save Women’s Sports Australasia, told Radio 4 this morning: “I think it would be really naive and ignorant to think that people will not take advantage of these rules to gain a competitive advantage.”