Olympics: Nigeria Assured Medal As Wrestler Oborududu Qualifies For Final

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

Blessing Oborodudu, Nigeria’s representative at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic women’s wrestling event has qualified for the final after beating Battsetseg Soronzobold of Mongolia.

Her success means Team Nigeria is assured of either a gold or silver medal in the Tokyo Olympics.

Oborududu got the better of Battsetseg Soronzobold in an 7-2 victory to qualify 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.

Reacting, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, described Oduduru as a blessing to Nigeria.

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.

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“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 Olympics history with a gold medal in the kitty.”

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.

“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.”

Source: Punch

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