Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) president, Honourable Daniel Igali has showered accolades on the female duo of Blessing Oborududu and Adekuoroye Odunayo for various exploits during their respective events at the 2019 Yaşar Doğu World Wrestling Championship.
Igali said he was happy that both grapplers excelled in Istanbul, Turkey, with performances that have added to their total haul of international points and qualifies them for further global championships and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
The former Olympics gold medalist said he was excited seeing Oborodudu beat Ukraine’s Alina Berezhna Makhynia 10-0 to clinch the bronze medal in the 68kg category, while Adekuoroye won gold in 57kg, after beating another Ukrainian opponent, Tetyana Kit 10-0.
Adekuoroye had earlier displayed her intentions to pull in huge points, as the World Championship silver medalist defeated the 2015 bronze medalist and 2016 European championships silver medalist in the gold medal match at Bağcılar Olimpic Sports Hall on Saturday.
She began in Turkey by defeating Giullia Rodrigues Penalber De Oliveira of Brazil 15-2 in the contest’s round of 16, then beat Lissette Alexandra Antes Castillo of Ecuador 10-0 in the quarter final before recording a 6-3 victory over Olga Khoroshavtseva of Russia in the semi-final.
With the win, Adekuoroye, who earlier won the German World Ranking series and placed third at the Bulgarian ranking tournament in early 2019, is expected to be ranked in the top-three in her weight class.
The victory for Ondo State-born Adekuoroye, who is currently ranked 5th by United World Wrestling, will see her accrue more ranking points ahead of the 2019 World Championships in Kazakhstan in September.
Oborududu will also be placed in the top eight having won two bronze medals in Germany and Istanbul this year, as the nine-time African top female and current Commonwealth champion proved why she is rated 12th by first beating Germany’s Nadine Weinauge 12-3 in the qualifiers before overcoming Kadriye Aksoy of Turkey 6-0 in the quarter final.
However, the Bayelsa State ace lost to former world junior champion, Danielle Lappage 8-1 in the semi final, as the 28-year-old Canadian icon avenged a loss she suffered to Oborududu at the Commonwealth Games.
The performances of Adekuoroye and Oborududu left Igali beaming with satisfaction after the four-day championship, which had more than 275 wrestlers from 21 countries aiming for ranking points before heading to Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan for September’s World Championships.
Igali also heaped praises on a third Nigerian lass, Latifat Tijani, who won bronze in the women’s up to 45kg category at Nur-Sultan 2019 World Para-Powerlifting Junior Championships in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan.
Tijani’s first attempt of 105kg secured her the bronze, as she failed her next two attempts of 112kg and 116kg respectively.
The NWF president said: “This is expected to aid their qualification and performance at Tokyo 2020.”