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Gill adds to medal collection in Columbia
9:00am Friday 9th August 2013 in Sport
WARRINGTON strongman David Gill has added to his stunning medal collection.
The 55-year-old from Stockton Heath was a member of the second-placed Norton tug of war team who were representing Great Britain at the World Games in Cali, Columbia.
Defeat for the Great Britain eight in a hard-fought 640 kilos final came at the hands of Switzerland, as it did against the host nation in the World Outdoor Tug of War Championships last September.
It was his 12th world silver medal to add to his seven world gold medals and three European gold medals.
Gill, a retired station officer with Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service, has consistently performed at the top level for more than 25 years, representing his country all over the world including South Africa, USA, Spain, Sweden, Holland, Italy and Germany.
He also won 13 medals - eight of them gold - in the World Firefighter Games in Sydney last October, in events ranging from the 100m relay sprints to the half marathon, and he switched to the field to bag one of his two silvers in the triple jump.
The World Games, which take place over 10 days every four years, is held under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee and contains most of the candidate sports who are awaiting inclusion in the Olympics.
The tug of war event saw the top 6 ranked nations in the world in each respective weight category taking part.