World no 1 is Odunayo Adekuoroye, wins 5th African Title

World no 1 is Odunayo Adekuoroye, wins 5th African Title

World Silver medallist, Odunayo Adekuoroye has been rated World number 1 in the women’s 57kg category, according to the United World Wrestling (UWW).

Adekuoroye won her fifth consecutive African crown and overthrew Risako Kawai (Japan) for the world’s top-ranking at 57kg.

Kawai will have an opportunity to regain the top spot later this month at the Asian Championships.

Adekuoroye started the year ranked third in the world at 57kg. She jumped then-second-ranked Rong Ningning (China) in last month’s rankings with a gold-medal finish at the Matteo Pellicone.

She brought 43 points and a second ranking to Algeria and used her 18-point gold medal to move one-point ahead of Kawai, the reigning three-time world champion and 2016 Olympic champion. (Kawai will compete in the Asian Championships with an opportunity to regain her top rankings).

Adekuoroye went 4-0 on Saturday and outscored her opponents 31-0. She picked up her most notable wins against No. 12 (@ 59kg) Eman Ebrahim (Egypt). She pinned Ebrahim in the opening round and defeated her 10-0 in the Nordic bracket finals.


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