Road to Rio; 5 Female wrestlers to defend Nigeria at the Olympics

Mercy Genesis

Nigeria booked four tickets in women’s wrestling to join world bronze medalist at 53kg Odunayo Adekuoroye on the road to Rio.

Four Nigerian female wrestlers on Saturday booked tickets to participate in the Rio Olympics after excelling in their respective events at the ongoing Africa/Oceania Olympic qualifier taking place in Algiers, Algeria.

The female wrestlers who will host the Nigeria’s flag in Rio are Mercy Genesis (48kg), Aminat Adeniyi, (58kg), Blessing Oborududu (63kg) and Hannah Reuben (69Kg).

All-African Games champion, Mercy Genesis who did not win any medal at the 2016 Africa Championship went haywire as she won all three (3) fights against Hanene Salaounandji (ALG) by TF, 10-0; Rebecca Muambo (CMR), 7-2 and Jessica Lavers-Mc Bain (AUS) by Fall, (10-0).

In the 58Kg, Aminat Adeniyi placed 2nd (Silver) as Tunisia’s finest Marwa Amri defeated her by TF.

Adeniyi Aminat (Ondo State)

7 times Africa Champion, Blessing Oborududu was narrowly defeated 8-7 by Hela Riabi another Tunisia wrestler.

Oborududu Blessing

After failing to participate at the 2016 Africa Championship, Hannah Reuben made up for her loos as she won a Gold medal for team Nigeria defeating Egyptian, Enas Ahmed by 8-2.

Hannah Rueben - Glasgow 2014 Wrestling

Blessing Onyebuchi won a bronze medal but will not make it to the Olympics.

Nigeria now have five female wrestlers for the 2016 Rio Olympics as Odunayo Adekuoroye had earlier qualified by winning a bronze medal in the 53kg at the 2015 World Championships in Las Vegas.


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