Team Nigeria guaranteed medal place as Blessing Oborududu secure wrestling final berth

Tokyo Olympics: Blessing Oborududu wins Nigeria’s first ever wrestling medal

Blessing Oborududu has earned Team Nigeria her second Olympic medal after losing the final of the 68kg women’s freestyle wrestling event 4-1 to America’s Tamyra Mensah-Stock 4-1.

The Commonwealth champion on Monday defeated London 2012 Olympics bronze medallist Battsetseg Soronzonbold of Mongolia 7-2 to advance to the final.

Her advancement to the final meant Nigeria was guaranteed at least a silver medal in the event and made history as the first Nigerian athlete to reach the final of an Olympics wrestling event.

Nigeria’s other representative, medal hopeful and world number one in the 57kg category, Odunayo Adekuoroye, will begin her campaign against Anastasia Nichita of Moldova.

A graduate of Business Administration from the Niger-Delta University, Oborududu attained more sporting excellence, showing great intent in her fight against Mongolia’s Battsetseg Soronzonbold from the go to win the contest.

This is Oborududu’s third consecutive Olympics, and although she has hinted that this could be her last Games, if she bows out at this stage she will definitely have memories to last her for ages.

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