Nigerian female wrestler, Blessing Oborududu has won a silver medal in the final of the women’s freestyle 68kg in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics, on Tuesday, 3rd August 2021.
Oborududu who is the first Nigerian wrestler to ever win an Olympics medal in wrestling, lost 4-1 to her USA’s opponent, Tamyra Mensah-Stock in the final of the women’s freestyle 68kg on Tuesday.
Here are the things to know about her:
– Blessing Oborududu was born on the 12 of March, 1989 in Gbanranu, Enugu State.
– She is a Nigerian freestyle wrestler
– She won Gold medal at the African Wrestling Championships every year for the last 11 years, except for 2012 when she did not enter due to the competition in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
– She competed in the freestyle 63 kg event at the 2012 Summer Olympics and was eliminated in the 1/8 finals by Monika Michalik.
– She won the bronze medal in the women’s middleweight at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She beat Chloe Spiteri in her bronze medal match.
– She also competed in the women’s middleweight at the 2016 Olympics, losing to Soronzonboldyn Battsetseg in the second round.
– She won a gold medal for women 63 kg category at the 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games.
– She won a Gold medal at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in the 68 kg women’s freestyle wrestling event, defeating Canada’s Danielle Lappage.
– She qualified at the 2021 African & Oceania Wrestling Olympic Qualification Tournament to represent Nigeria at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
– In June 2021, she won the silver medal in her event at the 2021 Poland Open held in Warsaw, Poland.
– She won a silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in August, 2021.