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By Patrick Omorodion

Team Nigeria wrestler, Mercy Genesis will fight for the bronze medal today (Sept. 14) at the ongoing World Wrestling Championships in Belgrade.

President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Dr. Daniel Igali told Sports Vanguard that Genesis who is competing in the 50kg category failed to advance beyond the semi finals as she lost 8-0 to Japanese M. Susaki on Day 3 of the championship.

“Mercy Genesis will wrestle for our first medal at the Belgrade world championships against an undetermined opponent tomorrow(Wednesday)”, Igali said.

“She was our lone entrant on Day 3 of the world wrestling championships. Mercy started off the championships quite well winning her first three bouts and qualifying for the semi finals. However, despite her gallant efforts, she fell to the reigning world and Olympic champion from Japan. However, she qualifies to wrestle for her first ever senior world championship medal tomorrow (Wednesday) at 6pm Belgrade time, 7 pm Nigeria time”‘, Igali added.

He disclosed that in the round of 16, Genesis beat  Edsel L. of Germany 8-0, overcame Bulgarian, Seliska M. 7-0 in the 1/8 finals and beat Parks Maddison  of Canada 6-5 in quarter-finals.

Meanwhile Olympic silver medallist, Blessing Oborududu, 68kg and Under-23 world bronze medallist, Esther Kolawale, 57kg, will start competing Wednesday, the wrestling boss said.

According to him, Kolawale’s first match is against Nguyen T. of Vietnam while Oborududu starts off against the winner between Enkhsaikhan D.(Mongolia) and Bas N.(Turkey)

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