African Wrestling Championships: Nigeria wins Women’s Team Title, Pick 5 gold Medals

African Wrestling Championships: Nigeria wins Women’s Team Title, Pick 5 gold Medals

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For the third consecutive year, Nigerian women wrestlers picked up five African gold medals and nabbed the women’s wrestling team title.

The Nigerian women, who finished with 195 points, swiped medals in nine of ten weights and had five wrestlers reach the top of the podium at the African Championships in Hammamet, Tunisia.

 

The five Nigerian gold medalists were Miesinnei Genesis (50kg), Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg), Sunmisola BALOGUN (65kg), Blessing Oborududu (68kg), and Blessing Onyebuchi (76kg).

 

Odunayo Adekuoroye, the 2017 world silver medalist, was the only Nigerian wrestler to win a non-Nordic style bracket. In the 57kg finals, Adekuoroye used a cross-ankle pick to score the 29-second fall over Cameroon’s Joseph Essombe Tiako, picking up her fourth consecutive continental title.

 

The other four gold medalists won their titles by going undefeated in the round robin competitions.

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