Blessing Oborududu will be entering history books as Nigeria’s first Olympic medalist in wrestling regardless of the outcome when takes to the mat for the Gold medal match of the women’s 68kg freestyle on Tuesday.
Oborududu, being world no. 2 in her event, gave a very good showing of her self en route the final on Monday especially in her semi-final encounter against Mongolia’s Battsetseg Soronzonbold which easily won 7-2.
First, the 32-year-old Nigerian had to deal with Azerbaijan’s Elis Manolova in the 1/8 finals and she hardly break a sweat to defeat the 2019 European champion. She won by Technical Superiority 13-2.
Afterwards in the day, a visibly tired Oborududu did a fantastic work holding on to an early lead as she edged Kyrgyzstan’s Meerim Zhumanazarova 3-2 in the 1/4 finals to earn progress to the semi-finals.
Surprisingly, she had it even easier in the semi-final match against Soronzonbold as she quickly stamped her authority with a 7-0 lead before the end of the first period. The Mongolian then grabbed two points in the final 30 seconds of the encounter but that proved to be only a consolation for her as the Nigerian progressed to the final with a matchless victory.
Before now, Nigeria has never won a medal in wrestling but now ten-time African champion Oborududu is set to break that jinx as she is guaranteed to clinch either Gold or Silver at the end of her match tomorrow.
Oborududu will face World champion Tamyra Stock-Mensah in the final of the event on Tuesday. The bout is slated for 1:15pm (Nigerian time).