39-year-old weightlifter Laurel Hubbard – a transgender woman – dominated the competition while competing in the Australian International, the Herald reports.
Representing New Zealand, Hubbard destroyed her competition in the over 90 kg division, setting 4 records in the process.
Lifting a combined total of 268 kg, Hubbard lifted 19 kg more than Luniarra Sipaia, silver medalist and actual biological woman.
Hubbard emerged last year as an international-caliber lifter. Before then Hubbard had competed nationally as “Gavin Hubbard,” her birth name. After transitioning in her mid 30’s, Hubbard apparently started to find a lot more success in the weightlifting field.
The president of “Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand,” Garry Marshall, told the Herald that Hubbard’s selection had caused issues amongst female lifters but the position of OWNZ was simple.
“We have to follow the policy of the International Olympic Committee and the International Weightlifting Federation. They do not acknowledge in any way the gender identity of an athlete other than male or female; they’re not described as transgender,” Marshall said.
As one might imagine, people were very vocal with their reactions to this amazing achievement.
@PrisonPlanet did a nonpartisan third party check that dude for a vagina?
— ????Peasant American???? (@william_severn) March 20, 2017
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— ???? Kym ???? (@Cinnamonbyte) March 20, 2017
@PrisonPlanet our mentally ill society is going to take time to correct, just gotta keep proving them sick and stupid
— Jake (@JakeBright34) March 20, 2017
— Cowboy Shane ???????? (@CowboyShaneHtwn) March 20, 2017
@PrisonPlanet I can only imagine what’s going to happen in figure skating.
— Dana Jean (@DanaJean21) March 20, 2017
@PrisonPlanet (S)he starting training yesterday. All that work finally paid off.
— Robert J Barnes (@RJBarnes10) March 20, 2017
@PrisonPlanet She’s got that male pattern baldness working well.
— J.T. Blackwell (@JT_BLACKWELL) March 20, 2017
@PrisonPlanet A man won Glamour’s Woman of the Year in 2015. What’s the message here? Men are better at being women than actual women?
— Casey Muldoon (@Casey_Muldoon) March 20, 2017
@PrisonPlanet instant Olympic champion, just add breasts!
— MM (@hdmc001) March 20, 2017
— Kieran (@Fillisel) March 20, 2017
@PrisonPlanet It takes some balls to enter a competition like that…..
— David Yems (@DJYems) March 20, 2017