C/Wealth Games: Adekuoroye makes history

C/Wealth Games: Adekuoroye makes history

2017 World Silver medallist, Odunayo Adekuoroye on Friday became the first Nigerian female wrestler to win a gold medal two consecutive times at the Commonwealth Games.

Adekuoroye defeated India’s Pooja Dhanda 7-5 points in the women’s 57kg wrestling freestyle event, as she successfully defended her medal won at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The four time-African champion avenged her defeat in the hands of Dhanda at the 2017 Pro Wrestling League in India.

2014 bronze medalist, Blessing Oborududu corrected her errors in the last Commonwealth Games to defeat Canada’s Danielle Lappage in the women’s 68kg wrestling freestyle event.

Blessing Oborududu hoisted up in celebration

The eight-time Africa champion came from behind to defeat her Canadian counterpart on points (4-3), to claim another gold for Nigeria. In the freestyle male, Captain Amas Daniel won his bronze medal match against Canada’s Vincent De Marinis 4-4 on points.

This is Amas Daniel’s second bronze medal at a Commonwealth Games.

Meanwhile, Soso Tamarau lost his bronze medal match to Cyprus Alexios Kaouslidis 2-1, while South Africa’s Martins Erasmus won the gold medal.

Nigeria Wrestling team have so far won two gold, one silver and three bronze.

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