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Blessing Oborodudu retains Commonwealth Games wrestling gold

By Ifeanyi Ibeh
05 August 2022   |   7:50 pm
Blessing Oborududu has won gold in the women’s 68kg wrestling event at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham to retain the title she won four years ago in Gold Coast, Australia. Oborududu, who won Team Nigeria’s second gold medal of Day 8 of the ongoing Games in Birmingham, defeated Canada’s Linda Morais in the final. Her…

(L-R) Silver medalist Linda Morais of Team Canada, Gold medalist Blessing Oborududu of Team Nigeria and Bronze medalists Divya Kakran of Team India and Tayla Ford of Team New Zealand celebrate during the Women’s Freestyle Wrestling 68 kg medal ceremony on day eight of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. (Photo by AFP)

Blessing Oborududu has won gold in the women’s 68kg wrestling event at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham to retain the title she won four years ago in Gold Coast, Australia.

Oborududu, who won Team Nigeria’s second gold medal of Day 8 of the ongoing Games in Birmingham, defeated Canada’s Linda Morais in the final.

Her victory came a few hours after her wrestling team buddy Odunayo Adekuoroye won Nigeria’s sixth gold medal in Birmingham.

Adekuoroye defeated India’s Malik Anshu to clinch gold in the women’s 57kg division.

Team Nigeria now has seven gold, two silver and six bronze medals.

Oborududu, a silver medallist at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games, had an easy ride over Nyeh Ngiri of Cameroon 10-0 in the round of 16 before easily dispatching India’s Kakran Divya in the quarter-final with an 11-0 win.

The 33-year-old also had it smooth against Cocker Lemalie in the semi-final with a 10-0 win.

Nigeria also secured another medal in wrestling after Kolawole Esther Omolayo claimed the bronze in the 62kg women’s freestyle category.