It was a disappointing session for Nigeria at the Makuhari Messe Hall on Wednesday as the duo of Odunayo Adekuoroye and Ekerekeme Agiomor lost their respective women and men’s round of 16 wrestling bouts at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Adekuoroye, one of the highest-ranked wrestlers in her category and deemed a big medal hopeful for Team Nigeria, lost by fall (TKO) to Anastasia Nichita of Moldova in the women’s 57kg weight category.
The Nigerian was leading 8-2 on points before Nichita won through a pin in the second period of the bout.
If Nichita reaches the final, Adekuoroye may have an opportunity to vie for a bronze medal through the repechage.
Similarly, Agiomor was defeated by Deepak Punia of India by 12-1 points in the men’s 86kg freestyle.
The Nigerian wrestler had no response to his Indian opponent as he lost both rounds, with the judges declaring the latter’s win as victory by technical superiority – with point(s) scored by the opponent.
The Nigerian duo could not replicate the death of their compatriot, Blessing Oborududu, who qualified for the final of the women’s wrestling freestyle 68kg and claimed silver after she lost to USA’s Tamyra Mensah-Stock.