Commonwealth Games: Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard bows out after horrific injury

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Injured New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has withdrawn from the women's 90kg-plus category at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

The 40-year-old transgender athlete, the hot favourite to win gold, appeared to twist her left elbow in her final snatch attempt and left the stage in obvious discomfort on Monday afternoon.

She had been going for a Commonwealth Games record of 132kg.

The New Zealand team says the elbow was not dislocated but it is being treated by a doctor.

Hubbard opened her account in the snatch at 120kg, with only Feagaiga Stowers still lifting.

The Samoan failed her third and final lift at the weight, which Hubbard cleared on her first attempt in the snatch.

The Kiwi missed at 127kg, then upped the ante with an attempt to break her own record with 132.

She couldn't hold the lift and twisted her arm in the attempt.

The event was eventually won by Stowers with a total lift of 253kgs, with Charisma Amoe-Tarrant and Emily Campbell taking home the silver and bronze.

Hubbard's presence at the Games has triggered controversy, with opponents claiming she holds an unfair advantage having competed at national level as a man before transitioning in her mid-30s.

She complies with regulations on transgender athletes laid down by the International Weightlifting Federation and the International Olympic Committe.

Hubbard received warm applause when she was introduced to the crowd and vocal encouragement at each attempt.

Earlier, Stanislav Chalaev, 31, pulled out halfway through the men's 105kg Commonwealth Games competition after becoming dehydrated while trying to make the weight

The Russian-born lifter had snatched 148kg but did not compete in the clean and jerk.

"He was trying to come down to a body weight under 105kg and it's hotter in the venue today than it has been in the last few days," said the New Zealand team's high performance director, Simon Kent.

"Then when he was warming up for the clean and jerk his coaches acted on medical advice and made the call for him to withdraw."

Tracey Lambrechs, 32, who won bronze in the 75kg-plus in Glasgow, finished fifth in the women's 90kg class, clearing 93kg in the snatch and 120kg in the clean and jerk.

David Liti will compete in the men's 105kg-plus class on Monday evening, the final session of lifting at the Games.

New Zealand's 12-strong team is yet to win a medal.

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