Laurel Hubbard out of women's +87kg final after three failed lifts

Hubbard's participation made history at the Olympic Games, but the transgender athlete was unable to register a lift in the snatch

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New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard made history on Monday (2 August) by becoming one of the first openly transgender athletes to compete at the Olympic Games.

Her Olympic debut came in Group A of the women’s +87kg weightlifting competition.

Hubbard failed to make her first attempt of 120kg in the snatch, dropping the bar behind her as she tried to stand.

She decided to go up to 125kg despite that failure and thought she had completed the lift.

However, the judges voted 2-1 against it, and Hubbard's team opted not to go to a video review.

Hubbard had one last attempt at 125kg but dropped the bar again with three failures spelling a premature end to her Olympic dream.

Regardless of her performance, the 43-year-old has made a lasting impact for transgender athletes in sport.

Before leaving the platform, she expressed her love and gratitude to those at home supporting her journey.


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