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Wrestling: Four Nigerian wrestlers secure olympic qualification in Egypt

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Four Nigerian wrestlers on Saturday qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympics in their various games at the ongoing African championships and Olympics qualifiers in Alexandria, Egypt.

The wrestlers will now join Odunayo Adekuoroye, who secured qualification in 2023 after winning a bronze medal in the women’s 57kg at the World Championships in Belgrade.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics silver medalist Blessing Oborodudu booked a place at the 2024 Paris Olympics after a 2-0 pinfall victory over Uilau Tarkong of Palau in the 68kg.

World Military Champion, Hannah Reuben 76kg pipped Amy Youin of Cote D’Ivoire 6-0 to secure Olympics slot In Paris.

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Esther Kolawole joined the list of Nigerian athletes going to Paris for the Olympics after overcoming Angelina Rodrigues of Cape Verde 10-0.

African Games champion, Christiana Ogunsanya, in the 53kg overpowered Egyptian Shaimaa Mohamed 10-0 to secure qualification.

Read Also: Full List: 13th African Games final medal table out as Egypt, Nigeria win big

However, Mercy Genesis narrowly missed out on the Paris Olympics after a 5-7 defeat to Nada Mohamed of Egypt in the 50kg weight class.

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NAN reports that five female wrestlers will represent Nigeria at the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Nigerian male freestyle wrestlers will hope to join their female counterparts on Sunday when they take to the mat.

Sunday is the final day of this window’s qualifiers.

The remaining Olympic slots will be decided on May 9 to 12 at the 2024 World Qualification Tournament in Istanbul, Turkey.

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