Trans weightlifter Laurel Hubbard fails in women’s competition at the Olympics

Trans weightlifter Laurel Hubbard fails in women's competition at the Olympics

New Zealand transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard competed and failed Monday in women’s +87 kg weightlifting at the Tokyo Olympics. The weightlifter attempted to lift 120 kg and failed.

Trans weightlifter Laurel Hubbard fails in women’s competition at the Olympics

On Hubbard’s first attempt, the weightlifter tried to lift 120 kg and failed. On the 43-year-old’s second attempt, Hubbard lifted a very shaky 125 kg.

As one of the commentators pointed out, it was very surprising that the questionable 125 kg lift was not challenged with an appeal.

On the third attempt, Hubbard failed to lift the 125 kg, bouncing the competing powerlifter. That’s “the end of Laurel Hubbard,” the announcer said, as Hubbard waved to the cameras and those at the competition.

Hubbard, a biological male, previously competed against male weightlifters before the athlete identified as a woman and was allowed access to women’s competitions. At 43, Hubbard is much older than any of the other female competitors.

Predictably, much of the population has opposed allowing biologically male transgender athletes to compete against biological women.

Many athletes and some celebrity feminists have spoken out against separating sports based on gender identity rather than biological sex, highlighting how women have lost opportunities due to the biological advantages men have over women, even after trans hormone therapy, as a Brit. Journal of Sports Medicine study suggests .

Weightlifter Anna Vanbellinghen has weighed in on the subject, likening the prospect of competing against Hubbard to “a bad joke.”

“I understand that for sports authorities nothing is as simple as following their common sense and that there are many impracticalities in studying such a rare phenomenon, but for athletes it all seems like a bad joke,” Vanbellinghem said.

Hubbard, however, has had the support of the Olympic Games.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief medical and scientific officer Dr. Richard Budgett last week praised the trans weightlifter, saying that “everyone agrees that trans women are women.”

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