After a series of poor results on and off the games and a few close calls, Team Nigeria have finally received a breath of fresh air, as they are closer to winning an Olympic medal at the Tokyo 2020 games, following Blessing Oborududu’s brilliant performance.
The 10-time African champion and Commonwealth gold medallist has qualified for the semifinal of the 68kg weight category in the women’s freestyle wrestling, and that leaves her just one more win to get into the guaranteed medal fight, but she will have to win her semifinal fight first.
Oborududu was dominant in her first fight, as she defeated Elis Manolova of Azerbaijan 13-2 in her opening match of wrestling at the Makuhari Messe Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
The second match was not that easy as she looked very tired in the bout, but she put up a good fight to secure a hard-fought 3-2 win against Kyrgyzstan’s Meerim Zhumanazarova.
The 32-year-old Nigerian wrestler will now take on Mongolia’s Battsetseg Soronzonbold in the semi-finals fight, and a win will send her into the gold medal match, while a loss sent her to the Repechage fight, to fight for a bronze medal.
Another medal hopeful for Team Nigeria is that Odunayo Adekuoroye, world number three in her category, is scheduled to enter the fray on Thursday in the 57kg weight category.