April 10, 2018 / 4:40 AM / in a year

Commonwealth Games: Transgender weightlifter Hubbard says injury career-ending

Weightlifting - Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - Women's +90kg - Final - Carrara Sports Arena 1 - Gold Coast, Australia - April 9, 2018. Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand holds her arm before pulling out with injury. REUTERS/Paul Childs

GOLD COAST, Australia (Reuters) - The elbow injury that forced transgender competitor Laurel Hubbard out of the Commonwealth Games weightlifting competition has ended her career, she said on Tuesday.

Having led the standings in the 90+kg division with a lift of 120kg in the snatch on Monday, she injured her arm after attempting 132kg with her third effort and was forced to withdraw.

The 40-year-old, whose participation was criticised as “unfair” by the Samoan team, said at the time she thought she had ruptured a ligament in her left elbow.

Hubbard told media on Tuesday the injury was career-ending and she would not compete again.

The 40-year-old, who lived as Gavin Hubbard until four years ago and competed at national level as a man, finished second in the women’s super-heavyweights behind American Sarah Robles at the world championships in December.

Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by John O'Brien

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