Nigeria has won its second medal at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 after wrestler Blessing Oborududu won a silver medal for the West African country.
Nigeria’s Ese Brume had earlier in the day won a bronze medal in the women’s long jump.
Oborududu lost 4-1 to her opponent USA’s Tamyra Mensah-Stock in the women’s freestyle 68kg today.
Oborududu is the first Nigerian wrestler ever to win a silver medal at the Games. She is also the first-ever Nigerian to win an Olympics medal in wrestling. She qualified for the final after defeating Mongolia’s Soronzonboldyn Battsetseg 7-2 in the semi-finals.
In the quarter-finals, she defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Meerim Zhumanazarova 3-2 after seeing off Azerbaijan’s Elis Manolova in the Round of 16.
Oborududu began wrestling at St Jude’s Girls Secondary School in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. She had been aiming to clinch gold in Tokyo, but Mensah was too strong for her to handle.
Notwithstanding, she has emerged as Nigeria’s first-ever Olympics medalist in wrestling.
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