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Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria’s Oborududu Qualifies For Final In Women’s Wrestling

Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria celebrates after winning - Reuters / Leah Millis
Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria celebrates after winning – Reuters / Leah Millis

Nigeria’s has qualified for the final in the women’s wrestling event at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Her qualification guarantees a silver or in Tokyo Olympics.

Oborududu wins 7-2 against Battsetseg Soronzobold of Mongolia to reach the final of the 68kg.

The impressive Nigerian wrestler faces America’s Tamyra Mensah-Stock in the final.

She had defeated Azerbaijani’s Elis Manolova and Meerim Zhumanazarova of Kyrgyzstan to advance to her first Olympic semi-final.

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Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria in action against Battsetseg Soronzonbold of Mongolia - Reuters / Piroschka Van De Wouw
Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria in action against Battsetseg Soronzonbold of Mongolia – Reuters / Piroschka Van De Wouw

Reacting, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, described Oduduru as a blessing that wiped away the pain of the near misses in other events.

He said, “This is a real Blessing to Nigeria. Thank you Blessing for wiping away the pain of the near misses recorded in other events. 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. Don’t give up the fight until you re-write Nigerian history with a in the kitty.”

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Odunayo Adekuoroye, Ese Brume and Grace Nwokocha are still in the running for medals.

Dare also commended Tobi Amusan’s fourth-place finish at the women’s 100m hurdles final on Monday.

He said, “Tobi Amusan still remains one of Nigeria’s greatest competitors in athletics. She gave a good account of herself. We celebrate her exploits.

“The important thing to note is that many of our top athletes made it and are still making it to the finals in many events particularly here at the Olympics; a competition of huge magnitude where winners are separated in milliseconds.

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“This in itself is an achievement and proof that we are in the committee of the best in respect to many sports in the world.

“This is a new and young generation that will be world beaters anyhow.”

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