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Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard will become the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics after being selected by New Zealand for the women's event at the Tokyo Games.
Hubbard will compete in the super-heavyweight category, her selection made possible by updated qualifying requirements.
The 43-year-old, who will be the oldest lifter at the Games, had competed in men's weightlifting competitions - although not at international level - before transitioning nearly 10 years ago.
I am grateful and humbled by the kindness and support that has been given to me by so many New Zealanders," Hubbard said in a statement issued by the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) on Monday.
Hubbard has been eligible to compete at Olympic Games since 2015, when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued guidelines allowing any transgender athlete to compete as a woman provided their testosterone levels are below 10 nanomoles per litre for at least 12 months before their first competition.
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