Transgender Kiwi athlete Laurel Hubbard makes history, claims two silver medals at weightlifting world championships




Kiwi transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has made history, claiming two silver medals in her first event at this year’s world championships after a close battle with American rival, Sarah Robles.

Her silver medal in the snatch category of the +90kg class is New Zealand's first ever medal at the competition. 

Hubbard came out with a statement in her first lift, taking first place from Robles as she broke the 120kg barrier.

Robles responded with a 122kg lift in the second round, but Hubbard outdid her with a 124kg lift moments later.

That forced Robles to challenge Hubbard for the gold in the third and final round – the American opting to one-up Hubbard with a 126kg lift which she succeeded in to retake the lead.

Hubbard came back to the Anaheim stage with a chance for gold if she could complete a 127kg lift, but was unsuccessful.

Mexico’s Tania Mascorro Osuna came third with a top lift of 119kg.

Hubbard then went on to claim fourth place in the clean and jerk with a 151kg effort, but her combined total of 275kg was enough to give her a second silver medal overall.

Robles made it a clean sweep with gold in the clean and jerk to finish undisputed champion overall.

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