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African traditional wrestlers during the international championship of The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS or CEDEAO) in Dakar Senegal. After losing the title to Nigeria last year, the Senegalese home team came out as champion again this time. The championship is prestigious, but commercial wrestling where the fighters are allowed to punch (lutte avec frappe) is more popular with audience and players. The prize money in those fights goes up to 150.000 Euros. The matches attract up to 60.000 spectators. Wrestling has become more popular than football in Senegal in recent years.

GOLD COAST 2018: Nigerian Wrestlers Bag Three Medals On Opening Day

Written By: SD Reporter


Team Nigeria won three medals – one silver and two bronze – as the wrestling event began at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia on Thursday.

Fighting in the 76kg weight class, Blessing Onyebuchi settled for silver after she lost to Olympic champion Erica Wiebe in the final. The Canadian secured the gold via a fall.

Onyebuchi had earlier defeated both Katouskia Pariadhaven of Mauritius and India’s Kiran, 10-0 (via technical superiority), to advance to the final.

Earlier in the day, Bose Samuel secured bronze for Team Nigeria in the women’s 53kg class, after she overcame Deepika Dilhani of Sri Lanka , 10-0 (via fall). She adds the Commonwealth Games bronze medal to the African Championship gold she won in Port Harcourt two months ago.

In the men’s event, Welson Ebikewenimo grabbed another bronze for Nigeria, his third medal at Commonwealth level. The Bayelsa born-athlete avenged his African Championship defeat to Jan Combrinck, over-powering the South African, 5-2 on points.

But Amos Assizecourt was unlucky as he missed out of another bronze for Nigeria in the 74kg weight category despite leading Welshman Curtis Dodge, 8-0 in the first round. Dodge eventually beat Assizecourt via a fall in the second round to clinch the bronze-the first for Wales in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games.

Action will continue in wrestling on Friday with Team Nigeria’s Commonwealth champion Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg), 8-time African champion Blessing Oborududu (68kg), Amas Daniel (65kg) and Soso Tamarau (97kg) all expected to vie for medals.

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