George Ramm admitted all of his hard work in training had come to fruition after enjoying success along with the rest of the British wrestling team at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.
Ramm was one of three wrestlers chosen to represent Team GB in Sydney and, along with Brian Harper and Shannon Hawke, he ensured he marked the occasion with a medal.
The 16-year-old cruised his way to the final of the men’s 63kg event where he was narrowly beaten to gold by Zongtao Huang – the Chinese wrestler winning their final 4-0.
However Ramm was satisfied with silver, the same colour medal won by Hawke in the 56kg while Harper took bronze in the 54kg, insisting it showed the benefits of his training regime.
“It feels good to have won a silver medal at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival and it means all of the hard training in the freezing temperatures in Austria paid off,” he said.
“I started the competition really well and was feeling really good about myself and got to the final fairly comfortably which was good.
“I wanted gold but he [Haung] was a good wrestler and I did as well as I could and that is all I could ask for at the end of the day.
“But it was a really worthwhile trip, and not just because I won a silver medal but because I learnt a lot too.
“I was up against a lot of fighters from a lot of new countries that I had never faced before so I now know how other countries wrestle and not just the same Europeans I always go up against and this will be useful moving forward.”
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