Nigeria Win Second Medal At Tokyo 2020 As Hard Fighting Wrestler Finishes 2nd To Claim Silver

Nigeria Win Second Medal At Tokyo 2020 As Hard Fighting Wrestler Finishes 2nd To Claim Silver

  • Blessing Oborududu lost her gold medal match to United States' Tamyra Marianna as she settled for silver
  • The three-time Olympian who lost narrowly by 4-1 will be happy for winning her first-ever medal at the Games
  • Oborududu becomes the first Nigerian in history to win a medal in the wrestling event of any Olympics event

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Blessing Oborududu settled for a silver medal after losing to the United States Tamyra Marianna by 4-1 in the final of the 68kg category.

Summary of Oborududu's loss

The 32-year-old managed to score one technical point but Marianna was the more dominant personality using her strength.

Breaking: Nigeria win second medal at Tokyo 2020 as hard fighting wrestler finishes 2nd to win silver
Blessing Oborududu lost out to United States' Tamyra Marianna in the women's 87kg freestyle wrestling Photo by Tom Pennington and Hannah Peters
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The U.S. contingent rolled her Nigerian counterpart giving her four points in the keenly contested affair.

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And after three minutes, the American celebrated as she emerged winner of the all-important gold medal in women's wrestling.

In the build-up to the gold medal match, Oborududu defeated Meerim Zhumanazarova of Kyrgyzstan in the preliminary round.

Nigeria Win Second Medal At Tokyo 2020 As Hard Fighting Wrestler Finishes 2nd To Win Silver
Blessing Oburudu has written her name in the history books of the wrestling competition in the Olympics. Photo by Tom Pennington
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Theme breezed past Azerbijan's Manolova in the quarter-finals and her victory in the semis was also a mare formality against Mongolia's Battsetseg Soronzonbold.

Before the Tokyo 2020 Games, Nigerian has never won a medal in Olympic wrestling and Oburuddu's feat will go down in history as the most successful in the country.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Blessing Oborududu has qualified for the finals of the women's freestyle wrestling in the 68kg category after producing a dominant display against Mongolia's Battsetseg Soronzonbold.

She outscored her opponent 7-2 to guarantee a place in the final as well as winning either a silver or gold in the final.

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It is the first time Nigeria will be having a medal at the Olympics in wrestling and it took Oborududu her third attempt at the global event.

Legit.ng also reported that Ese Brume has dedicated her medal to Bishop David Oyedepo, founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide popularly known as Winners' Chapel, Vanguard, Daily Post.

The Delta state born athlete made the third-best jump in the final round of the women's long jump event as she leapt 6.97meters.

The 25-year-old finished behind United States' Britney Reese who won silver and Germany’s Malaika Mihambo who took home gold.

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