New Zealand transgender lifter bids for world championship gold

Hubbard competes in Anaheim. Image Twitter

Hubbard competes in Anaheim. Image Twitter

Laurel Hubbard, a transgender weightlifter from New Zealand, won the snatch and total silvers with 124kg and 275kg while Tania Mascorro of Mexico took the snatch bronze with 119kg.

TRANSGENDER weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has won a silver medal for New Zealand at the weightlifting world championships, keeping the controversial issue alive in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games.

"She stayed away because she was embarrassed, probably", Swords told Reuters.

Hubbard's medal is the first won by any New Zealander in the World Championships, a competition that began in 1891.

The victor Sarah Robles totaled 284 kilograms, nine kilograms ahead of Laurel Hubbard's 275 kilograms, and Egyptian Shaimaa Khalaf on 268 kg, attaining a bronze medal.

Hubbard - competing in the +90 kg (+198 pound) class - won a first silver by lifting 124 kg (273 pounds) in the snatch at the Anaheim, California, event.

She complies with regulations on transgender athletes laid down by the International Olympic Committee, whose guidelines are followed by the International Weightlifting Federation. But not everyone is happy about Hubbard competing as a woman.

Ursula Garza Papandrea, chair of the IWF Women's Commission and president of USA Weightlifting, said the presence of Hubbard "certainly has the potential to draw a lot of controversy".

"When Sarah beat Hubbard in the snatch we were congratulated by multiple coaching staffs".

"We didn't agree with it, with somebody who was a man for so long, who has different hormones, different feelings", he said.

He is now gearing up to compete as a female at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Many competitors feel she has an unfair advantage in the competition.

"We're in a power sport which is normally related to masculine tendencies. where you've got that aggression, you've got the right hormones, then you can lift bigger weights", he told AAP.

Keelan also noted to Fox Sports: "If you've been a male, and you've lifted certain weights, then you suddenly transition to a female, psychologically you know you've lifted those weights before".

"I'm really happy that our teams is going to come together and be united to represent New Zealand in a positive way and really uphold our organisational values which include showing some leadership, showing some real personal integrity and ultimately being able to put some really good performances on the platform that hopefully New Zealand can be proud of".

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