Kiwi weightlifter Laurel Hubbard returns from injury, set to compete at NZ nationals

Kiwi weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is set to compete again following her horrifying injury during the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast earlier in the year.

Hubbard is set to attend the 2018 Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand National Championships on September 21-23 in Papatoetoe.

She will be joined by Commonwealth Games champion New Zealand lifter David Liti and Gold Coast teammates Alethea Boon, Bailey Rogers, Cameron McTaggart and Vester Villalon at the national competition.

Olympic Weightlifting NZ High Performance Director Simon Kent said there will be 64 men and 65 women competing at the event.

"It's great to have a record number of competitors confirmed for the event and we're extremely pleased to have so many women embracing the sport," said Kent.

"Weightlifting in New Zealand is going from strength to strength and the nationals will be three days."

Hubbard returns from injury, where in April she attempted to break the games record with a lift of 132kg on her third snatch attempt, despite failing to lift 127kg with her second lift.

The weight was too great for her, with Hubbard's left elbow catching as the bar fell behind her at the top of the lift.

Laurel Hubbard.
Laurel Hubbard. Source: Photosport