Paris, France Nigerian female wrestler, Odunayo Adekuoroye, narrowly missed out on becoming the first African woman to win a gold medal at the ongoing World Wrestling Championship event in Paris, France. Adekuoroye settled for the silver medal and that is historic in itself as no Nigerian wrestler has ever attained that feat in wrestling’s flagship event.
Adekuoroye became the first ever female Nigerian wrestler to get to the final of the world championship on Wednesday. But the Commonwealth Games gold medalist was beaten to the gold medal by Japan’s Haruna Okuno who won the 55kg final match 5-4.
The Ondo State-born wrestler started her campaign by defeating Mathilde Helene 13-9 in the qualification round to move to the Round of 16. She then proved to be too much for Lenka Martinakova as she defeated the Czech Republic wrestler 10-0.
Photo: Nigerian wrestler, Odunayo Adekuoroye
In her quarter-final match, the three-time African champion out-powered Mongolia’s Davaachimeg Erkhembayar 8-4 before going ahead to defeat U-23 European Champion, Irina Kurachkina of Belarus 10-0 in the semi-final match on wednesday.
Canadian wrestler, Michelle Fazzari, defeated Elin Nilsson from Sweden 7-0 to win bronze in the 54kg category. Another Nigerian wrestler, Blessing Oborududu, hoping for a consolatory bronze medal was narrowly beaten by Jackeline Castillo. Oborududu despite taking an early lead lost the bronze medal match for the 63kg category7-8.