Wrestling: Odunayo Adekuoroye delivers gold for Nigeria

Wrestling: Odunayo Adekuoroye delivers gold for Nigeria

Two times Commonwealth champion Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg) delivered Nigeria only gold medal at the Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series tournament in Rome, Italy.

After convincingly taking out her opponents in the earlier rounds, Adekuoroye demolished Indian Anshu Anshu 10-0 via technical superiority in the final to land gold.

On her way to the final, the former world number 1 impressively overcame Alina Akobii of Ukraine 12-0, before recording a 10-0 victory via technical superiority over home girl Arianna Carieri in the quarter-finals.

In the semi-finals, she outclassed USA’s  10-3 to advance to the gold medal match.

Meanwhile, nine times African champion, Blessing Oborududu (68kg) settled for bronze at the event.

Despite losing to world champion Tamyra Mensah (USA) in her match, Oborududu fought for bronze via repechage, as her American conqueror reached the final.

In the repechage, the Commonwealth champion beat Koumba Larroque of France 6-2, before walking over Alina Makhynia of Ukraine to eventually settle for a bronze medal.

For Aminat Adeniyi in the 62kg, she defeated Italians Sara Da Col 8-4 in the qualification round and Elena Esposito 10-0 via superiority in the round of 16, before going down 8-2 to American Kayla Miracle in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, world champion in beach wrestling Blessing Onyebuchi (76kg) could not compete as a result of ill-health.

World Number 3 Adekuoroye and Oborududu, who is ranked number 7 prior to the tournament in Rome, are expected to move up in the rankings as a result of their impressive showing.

Multiple African champion; Mercy Genesis (50kg) will be in action today.


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