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Wrestler Butkevych inspired by GB glory

August 8, 2012 15:31 pm

Olga Butkevych wants to continue the feel-good factor around Team GB by winning Britain's first medal in women's wrestling on Thursday.

Butkevych takes to the mat in the -55kg freestyle, having had to endure an agonising 13-day wait for her event to begin.

Butkevych has been inspired by the performances of Jessica Ennis and Britain's two judo medallists Gemma Gibbons and Karina Bryant, and she now hopes to add another medal to her country's tally.

"The British team have been getting good results, it has been magic," Butkevych said.

"I have been watching it in my room on TV every day.

"The team is doing well in a lot of sports like cycling, gymnastics and in the athletics with Ennis, she is so good.

"I watched the judo as well and I am so happy for the two girls. They really had a hard competition and took medals. I hope it will be a successful Games for me.

"I hope I can get a medal. My body and mind feel right but a lot depends on luck."

Butkevych has gone through two gruelling training camps in remote areas of Ukraine and she has had to sweat off four kilograms in the last few days to make the 55kg weight.

"I normally wrestle at 59kg so I have to do more training and less eating and drinking," she said. "It's not easy but you have to do it to make the weight."

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