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Norton power through to claim a silver for Britain

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 11, 2013

Norton coach John Webb, from Mayfield, holds his arm aloft in triumph

Norton coach John Webb, from Mayfield, holds his arm aloft in triumph

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NORTON Tug of War Club have returned from the World Games in Columbia with a silver medal as Great Britain’s representatives.

The event saw the top six ranked nations around the globe in each respective weight category taking part.

The second day of the games saw Norton get off to a flying start in the men’s 640 kilos, beating Germany, Ireland and Sweden 2-0.

They then lost to Switzerland by two clear ends before defeating Belgium in their final match to finish second in the group.

In the semi-finals, Norton were drawn against Germany, who they beat 2-0 to face Switzerland – victors against Ireland - in the final After a very competitive and hard fought final, Switzerland took the gold medal, with Great Britain taking a welldeserved silver. The silver won by Norton in the tug of war event was the first medal for Great Britain at the 2013 games.

“These are absolutely fantastic results for Great Britain,” said Tug of War Association spokesman Alan Knott.

“Our tug of war teams have been preparing for these games for the last 12 months, so to come away with a silver medal is a great result.

“The pullers have had to meet most of the cost of travel, training, and competition themselves.

“They deserve the highest praise for their hard work and dedication to get these results, in an event, which is the highest level that these guys can hope to compete at, other than hopefully an Olympic Games in the future,” he added.

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