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"This happens sometimes. That's sport", she said.

New Zealander Hubbard, 40, led with a 120kg lift after the snatch discipline but had to withdraw with an elbow injury before the clean and jerk.

"Until we have further scanning, we won't know the details".

"A man is a man and a woman is a woman and I know a lot of changes have gone through, but in the past Laurel Hubbard used to be a male champion weightlifter", Samoan head coach Jerry Wallwork told the ABC.

In an interview, Hubbard said she just wants to show she is no different.

Stowers has only been lifting for around three years, and this was her first major global competition.

Lauren Hubbard drops the bar in agony
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Simon Molombe, a spokesperson for the Cameroon team, said: "I'm of the opinion that her past has an influence on her present output, and gives her an edge over others".

Then, as I put on my hard-bitten sports reporter's trilby, I had to question what seemed like a terrible tactical move that may have played a part in her Games downfall.

I felt there hasn't been enough time spent on the issue of transgender sport to rule wisely and fairly whether transgender competitors have an advantage in certain sports. Citing a possible ruptured ligament, the 40-year-old athlete withdrew from the women's +90k finals, where she was favorited to win.

She also won two silvers at the World Championships in Anaheim in December.

Not one of the additional lifters, including Australia's Deb Loveley-Acason, acquired everywhere near Hubbard'therefore indicate.

While some of her fellow weightlifters have declined to comment during the Games, England's Emily Campbell -who competed against Hubbard in the 90kg+ category - was supportive of her rival.

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Hubbard said she did not regret going for the higher weight, despite the fact she already had the biggest lift in the snatch after just one attempt.

Nevertheless, Australian Weightlifting Federation chief executive Mike Keelan wrote that "it is our strong view that weightlifting has always been a gender-specific sport, male and female, not a competition among individuals of various levels of testosterone".

"But no indication today that they were anything other than fantastic", she said, "A real credit to Australian people and broader sporting community".

Hubbard earlier said, "it's obviously a hard time".

A Kiwi TV commentator described as soon being a "striking twist" later Hubbard had seemed well on her way to the gold medal.

"I think you have to be true to yourself and I hope in this case that's what I've done", Hubbard added.

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