Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria is the first African woman to make it to the Olympic finals in women’s wrestling. She is also the first Nigerian woman to win an Olympic medal in the sport of wrestling.
After a semi-final victory over Mongolia’s Battsetseg Soronzonbold, 32-year-old Blessing Oborodudu qualified for the final of the women’s wrestling Freestyle 68 kg gold medal contest.
Oborududu, a 10-time African champion,blessing Oborodudu will compete in Tuesday’s final against top seed Tamyra Stock Mensah, who defeated Ukraine’s Alla Cherkasova 10-4 in the first semi-final.
At the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Oborodudu beat Mongolia’s Battsetseg Soronzonbold d7-2 in the semi-final.
She had previously advanced to the Olympic semi-finals by defeating Elis Manolova of Azerbaijan and Meerim Zhumanazarova of Kyrgyzstan.
Nigeria is assured of an Olympic medal thanks to her qualification.
In the gold-medal finals on Tuesday night, Oborodudu, a three-time Olympian, will compete against America’s Tamyra Mensah-Stock.
In the gold-medal finals, Mensah Stock, the top seed, will face Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududu.
Tamyra Mensah-Stock led the United States to the final with three dominant victories. To reach the women’s freestyle 68kg wrestling final, Mensah-Stock defeated high-profile opponents.
In the quarterfinals, she defeated Japan’s Sara Dosho (10-0 VSU), the defending gold medalist in the event, before defeating China’s Zhou Feng (10-0 VSU), the 2015 world champion. In the semi-final, she defeated Alla Cherkasova of Ukraine (10-4) to advance to the final against Blessing Oborodudu on Tuesday.