Nigeria is set to clinch her first medal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as Blessing Oborududu has qualified for the final of the women’s freestyle 68kg wrestling event.
Oborududu won by 7-2 points against Battsetseg Soronzonbold of Mongolia in the semi-final of the women’s freestyle 68kg wrestling on Monday to guarantee her and Nigeria either a gold or silver medal at the 32nd Olympiad holding in Japan.
The Nigerian scored seven points in the first period of the encounter, a lead which became difficult for the Mongolian to reduce the deficit even though she scored only two points in the second period.
Oborududu had earlier in the day defeated Elis Manolova of Azerbaijan by 13-2 points in her round of eight bout.
She also narrowly overcame Meerim Zhumanazarova of Krygstanby 3-2 points in her quarter-final encounter.
Reacting to the semi-final win and the guaranteed medal for Nigeria, Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, described Oborududu as “a blessing to Nigeria”.
He said: ”This is a real Blessing to Nigeria. Thank you, Blessing, for wiping away the pain of the near misses recorded in other events. Nigerians are proud of you. The display is typical of the never say die Nigerian spirit. Keep the tempo going until we reach the ultimate which is the gold.”
“Don’t give up the fight until you rewrite Nigerian Olympics history with a gold medal in the kitty,” Dare added.
Oborududu will face Marianna Tamyra Stock Mensah of the United States of America in the final, to be held at around 10:15am (Nigerian time) on Wednesday.