Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has crashed out of the Olympic weightlifting 87kg event after failing to register a single lift in the snatch.
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Hubbard, who is also from New Zealand, is the first openly transgender athlete to compete in a different gender category at the Olympics, which has sparked quite the debate over recent weeks.
Although Hubbard was expected to contend for a medal in this event, her failure in the snatch meant that she could not progress to the clean and jerk, subsequently missing out on a place on the podium.
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The 43-year-old now ranks seventh in the IWF’s 87kg division and has a personal best in the snatch of 132kg. However, one attempt at 120kg and two at 125kg were all unsuccessful.
On another note, China’s Li Wenwen set a new Olympic record in the snatch with her lift of 140kg.