New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard was born male, but now competes as a transgender female.
Hubbard is working to win a spot at the Olympics.
Hubbard competed as a man for years in New Zealand, but seven years ago began transitioning to a female.
Hubbard will soon compete in the women’s 87-plus kg division in the Australian Open.
The New Zealander won last month’s World Cup in Rome, lifting 270kg to beat Ukraine’s Anastasiia Lysenko by 4kg.
Olympics candidates need to complete six events or more in the 18 months before the Olympic tryouts to qualify.
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Hubbard has qualified to compete as a woman per the newest rules put in place by the International Weightlifting Federation’s guidelines as well as the International Olympic Committee’s rules. Natural-born men who wish to compete as a woman must have testosterone levels are below ten nanomoles per liter for at least a year before their first competition, the IOC says.
The IOC’s rules are not without controversy, though. The IOC recently shelved attempts to change its rules, but pulled back when the committee’s own scientists could not agree on standards.
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Hubbard has been tearing through female competitors in New Zealand and Australia, winning event after event, and drawing criticism along the way.