Team Nigeria sweeps medals at Egypt 2015 African Wrestling Championship

Igali PHOTO:  T. R. Foley

Igali PHOTO: T. R. Foley

Nigeria at the weekend won eight medals at the just concluded African Wrestling Championships in Cairo, Egypt, in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman categories.

In the Freestyle, the female duo of Blessing Oborodudu (63kg) and Odunayo Adekuoroye (53kg), a 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, won gold medals, with Blessing winning her fifth straight African title. Silver medals were won by Aminat Adeniyi (58kg) and Amas Daniel (86kg), whilst Saso Tamara (86kg) and Ebikewenimi Welson (57kg) won bronze medals

In the Greco-Roman style, Emmanuel Nwori (75kg) and Ituru Oke (66kg) won bronze medals in their class.

An elated Nigeria Wrestling Federation President, Daniel Igali, who announced these results, said it showed that the country’s wrestlers have been improving in their training and confidence. He urged Nigerians to expect results like this at the All Africa Games in September and the World Championships also in the same month.

Igali was confident that Nigeria would be able to present up to 10 wrestlers at the Olympic Games in Rio next year from the expected performance of these wrestlers at the World Championships, which would serve as the Olympics qualifiers.

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