Adekuoroye, Oborududu claim gold in wrestling

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Odunayo Adekuoroye retained her Commonwealth Games title, as Blessing Oborududu won her first-ever gold medal at the games history on Day 2 of the wrestling event in Gold Coast, Australia.

In a keenly contested final, world silver medallist, Adekuoroye battled to gold in the 57kg weight class with a 7-5 points win over favourite Pooja Dhanda of India, who beat her in Season 3 of the Indian Pro Wrestling League earlier this year.

With the win, the 24-year-old has now won back-to-back gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, following her success in Glasgow, four years ago.

However, eight-time African champion, Oborududu, came from behind to defeat Canada’s Danielle Lappage 4-3 to claim the gold medal in the 68kg weight category.

On her way to the final, the 29-year old Niger Delta University undergraduate brushed aside Lilian Ntigha (Kenya), Sherin Sultana (Bangladesh) and Divya Kakran.

In the men’s event, Amas Daniel failed in his attempt to land a first Commonwealth Games gold as he was stopped by India’s Bajrang.

The six-time African champion eventually settled for a bronze medal, beating Canada’s Vincent de Marinis 4-4 (by criteria) in the 65kg weight class.

In the men’s 97kg class, Soso Tamarau narrowly missed out of the bronze medal, losing 2-1 to Alexios Kaouslidis of Cyprus.

After Day 2 of the wrestling event, Team Nigeria have won six medals (two gold, one silver and two bronze).

The wrestling event will be rounded off on Saturday with reigning Commonwealth Games gold medallist Aminat Adeniyi (62kg) and two-time African champion Mercy Genesis (50kg) expected on the mat, while Melvin Bibo (86kg) and 2010 champion Sinivie Boltic (125kg) will also be in action as Team Nigeria continues their quest for more medals in the sport.



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