Wrestling: Oborududu wins 10th African title, now World no 2

Wrestling: Oborududu wins 10th African title, now World no 2

2018 Commonwealth Games champion, Blessing Oborodudu won her 10th African title at the 2020 African Wrestling Championship in Algiers, Algeria.

Oborududu defeated Rihem Ayari (Tunisia) emphatically by 10-0 superiority win in the final. The reigning Commonwealth champion had brushed aside Mona Ahmed of Egypt 10-0 via superiority in just a minute in her semi-final match.

The most successful Nigeria female wrestler who is now World number 2 moved ahead of Jenny Fransson (Sweden) in the 68kg world rankings, according to United World Wrestling (UWW).

Oborududu’s title on Saturday was worth 18 points, moving her eight points ahead of the Swedish wrestler, who won’t compete at next week’s European Championships.

Oborududu tallied four blowout wins on Saturday. She ended each match early, scoring four technical superiority victories while outscoring her opponents 40-0.

An elated Oborududu told www.aclsports.com that she is short of world and have dreamed of becoming one of the most respected wrestlers in Africa.

She said, “Today is one of the happiest days of my life not only because I won my 10th title but I am ranked world number 2. For years, I have been working tirelessly to become a better wrestler and the past two years has been wonderful.

“I will continue to work hard and ensure I become world number one as well as targeting a medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. I want to thank the President of Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Hon Daniel Igali for his continuous support in my career and those who have always been there for me”.

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