Laurel Hubbard could not continue in the competition after injuring her arm. (AAP: Dean Lewins)
New Zealand’s transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has withdrawn from competition in the women’s +90kg weightlifting final after pulling up with injury.
Hubbard twisted her elbow while attempting a Commonwealth record snatch lift of 132 kg, but dropped the bar behind her in clear pain.
She withdrew from the clean and snatch, in an event she was overwhelming favourite to win.
“A man is a man and a woman is a woman and I know a lot of changes have gone through, but in the past Laurel Hubbard used to be a male champion weightlifter,” head coach Jerry Wallwork said.
Hubbard left her arrival at the Commonwealth Games to the last minute, arriving after the rest of New Zealand’s weightlifting team in order to keep a low profile, refusing any media interviews.
Samoa’s competitor Feagaiga Stowers won the +90kg gold in Hubbard’s absence.
Australian competitor Deb Lovely-Acason looked slightly wobbly on her legs while in the early competition for first place, nearly walking over the line when lifting 125 kg in the clean and jerk.
She managed to stay just inside the line as she steadied, prompting a huge cheer from the Gold Coast crowd,.
But things got somewhat more eventful on her final lift, looking to go 2kg deeper into first place with a lift of 127kg.
It proved to be too much weight as Lovely-Acason stumbled, nearly throwing the weight down on the referee in front of her at the front of stage.