Team Nigeria’s prayers to win a medal in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics has finally been answered as wrestler Blessing Oborodudu has qualified for the final of the wrestling event.
Her qualification means Nigeria’s medal column on the medal table will soon read either a gold or a silver medal as she becomes Nigeria’s first medalist in Wrestling.
Before the win over Soronzobold, Oborodudu had defeated Meerim Zhumanazarova in the quarter-final in the wrestling 68kg event after a hard-fought 3-2 win to advance to her first Olympic finals.
Oborodudu won a gold medal at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in the 68 kg women’s freestyle wrestling event, defeating Canada’s Danielle Lappage, and she will hope to achieve a similar feat in Tokyo.
Meanwhile, the minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has described Blessing Oborodudu’s qualification as a blessing to Nigeria following the failure of Team Nigeria in the Games so far.
“You are a Blessing to Nigeria and Nigeria’s Athletics family. Team Nigeria is proud of you. Nigerians are proud of you.
“The display is typical of the never say die Nigerian spirit. Keep the tempo going until we reach the ultimate which is the gold,” he said.