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Kiwi wrestlers ready to rumble

09 July 2002

New Zealand has confirmed three wrestlers to compete at the Games in Manchester.

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This is the first New Zealand team to compete at Commonwealth Games level since 1994 in Victoria, and they are hoping to carry on their impressive medal record, having preciously won a total of 27 medals, including three gold, nine silver and 15 bronze.

The three-man team are Martin Liddle, Ricardo Aryan and Nicholas Daly. Liddle fought at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, and is returning to international competition after a six months break due to injury. Aryan has won almost every international bout in the last eighteen months. He is Iranian by birth and finished third at the Iranian Army Championships. At 22 Daly is a young up and coming athlete, rated very highly by the New Zealand Wrestling selectors.

Barry Maister, the New Zealand Olympic Committee secretary general, has great faith in his team. He commented: "The three athletes announced have proven international records in recent times and we believe they will perform with great credit at Manchester."

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Martin Liddle (55kg)
Ricardo Aryan (66kg)
Nicholas Daly (84kg)

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