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Wrestling: Nigeria conquers Africa

By Solomon Nwoke
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HE Nigerian female wrestlers have continued to give a good account of themselves in far away Alexandria, Egypyt as they have won the female team title at the 2016 Senior African Wrestling Championship which was concluded yesterday in Egypt.

The wrestling amazons clinched the title with three gold, two silver and a bronze medals.

GOLDEN SMILE . . . Blessing Oborodudu ( c ) receiving her certificate from an official after winning the gold medal in 69kg weight class at the 2016 Senior African Wrestling Championships, in Alexandria,Egypt.
GOLDEN SMILE . . . Blessing Oborodudu ( c ) receiving her certificate from an official after winning the gold medal in 69kg weight class at the 2016 Senior African Wrestling Championships, in Alexandria,Egypt.

Odunayo Adekuoroye who has already qualified for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil pioneered the gold winning feat in 55kg weight class and was followed by Aminat Adeniyi in the 63kg class. Ever dazzling Blessing Oborodudu capped it all in the 69kg class to account for the three gold medals.

Rosemary Nweke and Ifeoma Nwoye accounted for the two silver medals in the 48kg and 58kg weight classes respectively while Blessing Onyebuchi in the 75kg won a bronze medal

Reacting to their outing in Egypt, President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF), Dr Daniel Igali described the feat in Alexandria as building blocks

He said, “ I am so proud of these girls. All except two, wrestled a weight class up. Gutsy.

“ For 90% of them who have not wrestled competitively for six months, this was an impressive performance. There could have easily been two other gold medals if not for the rustiness. There was some beautiful wrestling by some of the wrestlers. I am sure we will qualify quite a few wrestlers for the Olympics. These are building blocks”.

 


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