Hubbard responded by blowing a kiss

More “this is all perfectly fine” reporting on “Laurel” Hubbard’s cheating.

New Zealand transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard clinched two gold medals as weightlifting competition concluded here today…

Hubbard was favourite to win the gold medal at last year’s Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast but had to withdraw mid-competition due to an elbow injury, which later required surgery.

Her appearance in the Australian city divided opinion as Hubbard – born as Gavin before transitioning in her 30s – entered a female event.

Opinion should be unanimous: this should not be allowed.

Hubbard was eligible to compete at Gold Coast 2018 because she passed the International Olympic Committee criteria for transgender athletes after proving her testosterone levels stayed below certain levels in the 12 months leading up to the event.

The criteria are woefully inadequate.

I just cannot get over the fact that we are watching the destruction of female athletics and the people in charge are cheering it on.

Hubbard put the controversy behind her, however, going head-to-head with Samoa’s Feagaiga Stowers and Iuniana Sipaia in today’s final, with the former having won Commonwealth Games gold last year in Gold Coast.

Hubbard won the overall title with a lift of 268kg, with Stowers and Sipaia completing the podium on 261kg and 255kg.

There was a cheer from the local crowd when Hubbard failed at a final clean and jerk lift, enabling Sipaia to take the gold medal in the discipline.

Hubbard responded by blowing a kiss and waved to the crowd before departing the competition platform.

Tee hee.

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