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New Zealand’s first openly transgender Olympian competes in Tokyo Games

SCMP, 03 Aug 2021
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Laurel Hubbard made history on August 2, 2021, by becoming the first openly transgender weightlifter to take part in the Olympic Games. The New Zealander competed in the women’s +87kg category at the Tokyo Games, but made a sudden exit after failing to record a lift. Born male but transitioned to female in her 30s, Hubbard was allowed to compete in the women’s event by a 2015 International Olympic Committee (IOC) consensus.

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