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Laurel Hubbard, formerly known as Gavin Hubbard before "transitioning" into a female identity five years ago, was expected to easily defeat Australian weightlifter Deb Lovely-Acason in the finals of women's 90kg-plus weightlifting Monday.

Having smashed 120kg in her first attempt and stumbling at 127kg, the New Zealander raised the weight another 5kg for her third attempt to break her personal best of 131kg.

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"My arm is busted", Hubbard said.

Hubbard won the silver medal at the World Championships in 2017 and was the favourite in the competition and was living up to the expectations.

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

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Earlier in the day, Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg said Hubbard should be supported in her endeavours.

Leading into competition, the Samoa's weightlifting head coach Jerry Wallwork said he was opposed to Hubbard competing at the games.

Hubbard, who transitioned in her mid-30s, has not commented on the controversy.

"I hope all New Zealanders - all Kiwis, as you say - would get behind one of their athletes that has gone through the pathway to achieve greatness, and within the rules of the sport", he said.

Prior to switching genders, Hubbard had competed as a male weightlifter for the New Zealand team.

"I'm sure that will come with time", Hubbard told reporters, adding that she had "no regrets" about the record-breaking attempt.

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But she bailed out of her first attempt at the clean and jerk, and could not return to push her claims.

Hubbard said it was likely she'd ruptured a ligament and sustained "some fairly significant tissue damage".

"Crying my eyes out watch Laurel Hubbard, I wish I could share some of this pressure with her", tweeted dual-international athlete and transgender activist Kirsti Miller. "But there's no indication at all today that they were anything other than absolutely fantastic, a real credit to the Australian people and also the broader sporting community".

While Hubbard's afternoon did not go to script, history was still made and discussions will continue.

Touted as "a triumph for human rights and open opportunity", the decision to allow Hubbard to compete as a female tested the limits of political correctness as other competitors cried foul.

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