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SA tug-of-war team are best in the west!

By Mark Etheridge

Our national women’s tug-of-war team has pulled all the stops out to secure their second bronze medal within the space of a year.

Last year it was the SA team who brought back bronze from the World Games in Cali, Colombia. And this weekend saw them grab the same colour medal at the World Indoor Championships in Ireland.

Competing in the 540-kilogram division (the same as in Colombia), the team beat Switzerland to secure their bronze medal (See the bronze medal tug on the right).

During the round-robin stages of the competition they beat Switzerland, Spain and England.

China won the gold medal after beating Chinese Taipei in the final.

“It was a thrilling final,” said SA team spokesman Lesley Carstens. “Afterwards, the Chinese coach congratulated our team to say that they had improved tremendously over the past few years.

“We were also officially heralded as the Best in the West, a wonderful acclamation from the other countries involved in this specialised sport.”

Not one European country ended in the top three ÔÇô indeed a pat on the back for South Africa’s progress, since not winning a single pull at the previous World Games in Taiwan back in 2009.

Sunday sees the team taking part in the 500kg division with just two changes being made to the team in order to weigh in correctly.

On Friday the team ended fourth in the club category of competition.