+87kg Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

+87kg Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Chinese weightlifter Li Wenwen wins gold in the +87kg division at the Tokyo Olympics, but New Zealand’s transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is disqualified.

Gold in +87kg Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

After trying to snatch 120 and 125 kilogrammes, New Zealand’s transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard placed dead last in her group and had a DNF in the +87 kilogramme division (did not finish).

+87kg Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

As she stepped down from the podium, she gave a thumbs up to the cameras.

Li Wenwen of China won the event and established three Olympic records in the process. Before finishing the competition with a clean and jerk of 180 kg, Li grabbed 140 kilogrammes.

In the +87 kilogramme class, Li has broken every record that has been set, including the snatch (148 kilogrammes), the clean and jerk (187 kilogrammes), and the total (335kg). The same is true for junior records, where Li also holds every record.

When Hubbard earned silver in the +90kg overall and snatch at the 2017 competition in the US, she made history as the first New Zealand weightlifter to win a medal at the global championships.

Hubbard, who was given a male gender at birth, competed as a male weightlifter at the national level when she was in her teens and early twenties.

Hubbard stopped competing when she was 23, but in her 30s she picked it up again and started competing in 2017. On her official Olympic bio, Hubbard included a quote in which she described her trip.

“One of the common misunderstandings is that I’ve been training for my entire life, while in fact it’s been a more recent development.

What most people don’t know is that I gave up weightlifting in 2001, at the age of 23, since it had become too much of a burden. However, times have changed, and I feel like I am in a position where I can train, compete, and handle the stress of a world that was never meant for someone like me.

Hubbard told The New Zealand Herald that the increased attention she receives because of the transgender athlete controversy can be taxing.

I won’t Pretend it wasn’t Difficult.

Some of the things said and done there would affect even a robot. Nonetheless, I will not attempt to influence the opinions of others because I have no power over them.

I have no right to dictate their every emotion and opinion. I can only do my best in the gym and accept the outcome of my workouts as fate wills it.

Hubbard follows Canadian soccer player Quinn, who came out as non-binary and transgender in 2000 and earned an Olympic bronze medal in 2016, as the second transgender athlete to compete in Tokyo 2020.

In the 1-1 tie with Japan, Quinn played 72 of the 90 minutes. Quinn, who mainly plays midfield but also defence, shared his thoughts on the game after it was over.

Besides playing for the U.S. national team, Quinn is a professional player with the OL Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League out of Tacoma, Washington.

For the First Time,

An out and proud transgender athlete will participate in the Olympics, Quinn noted. When asked how they felt, they responded, “I don’t know how to feel.

When I look at my lineup card or my credentials and see the name “Quinn” there, I can’t help but feel validated. It makes me sad to think that Olympians before me were held back from being themselves by society. Believe me when I say that I am hopeful for alteration.

Politics and legislation are changing. Norms, institutions, and mentalities need to be revised.


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