April 10, 2018 / 4:40 AM / 2 months ago

Commonwealth Games: Transgender weightlifter Hubbard says injury career-ending

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.

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

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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