The groundbreaking transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard crashed out of her Olympics in Tokyo on Monday after failing all three of her lifting attempts in the snatch section in the +87 kg category.
The 43-year-old New Zealander made history by becoming the first female transsexual Olympian, but dropped out of the medal competition early and made a heartbeat to the spectator-free arena.
She made a brief statement to reporters after bowing out and thanking Japan for hosting the Games in Difficult Conditions and the sporting organizations that made her Olympic campaign possible.
“Of course, I am not entirely unaware of the controversy surrounding my participation in these games, and as such I would like to thank the IOC for truly reaffirming its commitment to the principles of Olympism and stating that sport is for all people and is inclusive, available, ”she said.
“And the International Weightlifting Federation has been extraordinary.”
Hubbard was born a man and competed as a man before turning into a woman in his 30s and resuming the sport after meeting the IOC’s guidelines for reduced testosterone for transgender athletes.
Her presence in Tokyo is a groundbreaking move that Olympic leaders say makes the Games more inclusive, but critics fear it will undermine women’s sports.
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