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Addinall’s historic moment

Wrestling is making good on its promise to deliver medals to the South African cause.

Richard Addinall was the first winner of a wrestling medal since South Africa’s readmission to the Commonwealth, but bear in mind this is the first time in more than 50 years that the sport has again been given Commonwealth status.

Fighting out of the Boksburg Club (Gauteng East province) Addinall wrestled superbly to make it to the final but was not good enough to counter hometown hero Suraj Kumar.

Addinall admitted that the Indian support did give the locals something extra but said it was not the reason for the defeat. It was a case of just not being good enough.

SASCOC president Gideon Sam has invested a lot of energy in wrestling as a code that will contribute to the 2012 Olympic Gold medal target of 12, and he said the performances of the South African wrestlers this far was testament to the potential of the sport in South Africa.

“The wrestling officials, coaches and of course the wrestlers themselves must be given all the credit due. They made me a promise that they were good enough to win medals and they are showing it here against a very strong opposition, particularly from the host nation,” said Sam. “Richard’s medal is a historic one for wrestling and bodes well for the Olympic challenge.

Addinall won his silver in the Greco Roman 74kg category while Congo-born Bella-Lufa Hughes who represents the Durbanville club in Cape Town, originally claimed bronze but benefited from a disqualification to be presented with the silver medal in the Grego Roman 96kg.

Gauteng wrestler Dean van Zyl (Ruiter club) completed the early medal haul with a bronze medal in the Grego Roman 84kg division.

There is expectation of more to come.

Addinall competes on Saturday in the freestyle and “we expect a medal and we have others with the potential to add to the three,”‘ said manager Sakkie Bosse.

Zumicke Geringer on Thursday finished fourth in the 63kg freestyle, as did Brumilda Leeuw. Sonja Coetzee was a first round casualty.


3 comments
patrick lawrence addinall
patrick lawrence addinall

awesome we are a familly of sportsman from boxers to swimmers you have done our ancestory surname well P.L.Addinall D.P.R.I.SA DIP OPS MNGT(CUM LAUDE)

Anna Addinall
Anna Addinall

Well done to wrestling. It is just a pitty that only the one match of Richard made the Supersport channels. However the program stated that it will be shown on Saturday at 9h00, and only one match was shown. We were all waiting and were VERY DISAPPOINTED. Anna Addinall