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These SA wonder women can wrestle with men!
« on: September 30, 2010, 03:51:31 AM »

These SA wonder women can wrestle with men!
Saibal Bose, TNN, Sep 30, 2010, 01.46am IST

NEW DELHI: They are four of a kind from the Rainbow Nation and together they pack a lot of power. Brumilda Leeuw, Mpho Madi, Zumicke Geringer and Sonja Elena Coetzee are all women wrestlers who plan to take a few medals back with them to South Africa.

"We are confident that we will win a few medals here," 21-year-old Brumilda, who will compete in the 48kg category at the Commonwealth Games, said. "It will be gold," Mpho exuded, flashing the victory sign, even as her teammates continued to blow the vuvuzela.

Their confidence comes from the fact that they have trained quite hard for this event. "We know what kind of competition to expect here," Brumilda added. "We have seen most of these girls (their opponents) and we are aware of the kind of skills that we will have to tackle."

Wrestling is quite popular in South Africa, Brumilda said, even among women. "You'll find a lot of women wrestlers in South Africa," she added. "The best part of it is that the girls and the boys train together. No, there have never been any problems on that front," Brumilda said.

"In fact, it is quite helpful. The boys are generally more powerful and by training with them, we can improve our skills. In fact, she feels that she has benefited a lot by training with the boys."

Zumicke and Sonja, better built than Brumilda and Mpho, will compete in the 63kg and 72kg categories. Sonja too was confident of a good show, though she expects tough competition in her category.

Mpho did not want to compare the FIFA World Cup, held recently in their country, with the Commonwealth Games. "The World Cup was good, but so far, the Commonwealth Games has been pretty nice to us," she said. "The rooms (in the Games Village) are quite large, unlike what we had heard. Things have been quite well so far."

Having settled down, Mpho and her teammates are now looking forward to the start of the competition.
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