Laurel Hubbard, a transgendered New Zealand weightlifter competing in the women’s’ division failed on Monday in the +87kg class at the Tokyo Olympics.
On Hubbard’s first attempt at lifting a 120kg weight, he/she failed outright. On the second attempt at a 125kg weight, the lifter managed to pull off a very shaky lift.
One of the commentators at the event noted that it was very questionable that the shaky lift wasn’t challenged with an appeal.
On the final lift of 125kg, Hubbard was unable to lift the stack at all, removing the storied and formerly male athlete from the competition.
JUST IN – Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, the first openly transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics, is out of the women's competition early after failing on three lifts. pic.twitter.com/sNEszFObif
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That’s “the end of Laurel Hubbard,” said the announcement, as the failed competitor waved to attendees and the cameras.
Before this time, Hubbard competed in weightlifting against other males, but has identified as a woman and was therefore permitted to access the female competitions.
Unsurprisingly, the decision by the Olympic committee was largely unpopular, as is the decision in all of women’s sports when men are allowed to compete on the grounds of ‘transgenderism.’
When it was announced the Hubbard would be competing in the women’s Olympic weightlifting division, female athletes and famous feminists took social media by storm, telling stories of times that women lost opportunities in sport because their place was taken by men posing as females, even after receiving hormone therapy.
Female weightlifter Anna Vanbellinghen criticized the decision to include Hubbard in the women’s Olympic weightlifting, calling the situation “a bad joke.”
Hubbard, however, had the full support of the International Olympic Committee, whose medical and science director Richard Budgett gave high praise to the transgendered weightlifter last week and insisted that “everyone agrees” that a transgendered woman is a woman.
Budgett also said that the International Olympic Committee had reached “scientific consensus” as early as 2015, because there are no specific rules written that prohibit the participation of transgendered athletes.
Budgett added that the Olympics was bound to honor Hubbard and allow him to compete “under the rules of her federation,” and further praised the transgender competitor for “her courage and tenacity.”
Author: Erika Klein