New Zealand’s transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard cemented her place in history on Monday evening, but it led to an awkward moment at a press conference after her event.
The 43-year-old was competing in the women’s +87kg class, but failed on each of her three attempts in the snatch component of the competition. Her three unsuccessful attempts meant she did not progress to the clean-and-jerk phase and was knocked out.
China’s Li Wenwen ultimately won the gold medal, while Britain’s Emily Campbell and America’s Sarah Robles joined her on the podium.
Following the Olympic event, a journalist asked the three medallists: “It’s a historic night here with Laurel Hubbard competing as the first openly transgender in an individual event. I was just wondering what you felt about that, and that it took place in your sport.”
There was a lengthy silence before Robles took a sip from a bottle of water and eventually replied: “No thanks.”