Commonwealth Games 2018: Everything you need to know about Laurel Hubbard

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The 40-year-old New Zealand athlete was injured while competing in the women's 90kg-plus category on Monday afternoon, which took place at the Carrara Sports Arena on the Gold Coast in Australia.

Hubbard's third lift - an attempt to break her personal best of 131kg - went horribly wrong when Hubbard dropped the bar behind her and the athlete's elbow twisted awkwardly, leading to a withdrawal before the clean and jerk phase.

"But until we have further scanning we won't know the details".

"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", Wallwork was quoted as saying.

"I love the way she's come and not just wanted to turn up, (but) to actually test herself - full credit to her", Kent said.

Since Hubbard became eligible to compete in worldwide events at the start of previous year, her involvement has polarized views in weightlifting. "It's obviously a hard time, but the one thing I'm happiest about is that I tried to reach for my best performance", she told reporters.

Hubbard then grabbed her elbow and appeared in appreciable ache as she walked off the stage.

"People are entitled to their opinion but at the end of the day I think she's pretty courageous for what she's been doing".

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Hubbard won the silver medal at the World Championships in 2017 and was the favourite in the competition and was living up to the expectations.

Laurel Hubbard previously competed below the title Gavin Hubbard Ahead of transitioning to a woman.

"It seems likely that I have ruptured a ligament, some insignificant tissue damage".

Nevertheless, Australian Weightlifting Federation chief executive Mike Keelan wrote that "it is our strong view that weightlifting has always been a gender-specific sport, male and female, not a competition among individuals of various levels of testosterone".

When asked if she was anxious about what kind of reaction she'd get when she entered the competition, Hubbard said "It would be untrue to say that the thought never crossed my mind".

Commentators were stunned with the accident using Kiwi sporting identities pushing for Hubbard to haul the Kiwi flag in to the closing ceremony earlier in the week.

"I think you have to be true to yourself and I hope in this case that's what I've done", Hubbard added.

There was warm applause from the venue's crowd when Hubbard lifted but some spectators said she should not have been allowed to compete as a woman.

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