Team Nigeria will be guaranteed a medal on Day 12 of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics after one of its flagbearers in the women’s wrestling, Blessing Oborududu made her way to the final of the 68kg freestyle on Day 11.
Oborududu, who is competing at her third Olympics, was imperious from the Round of 16 to the semis, dismissing each opponent with so much confidence and assurance.
Azerbaijan’s Elis Manolova was the first to bite the dust in the Round of 16 as she beat her by Technical superiority (13-2). It was much closer in her quarterfinal bout as she held her nerves in the latter stages to claim a 3-2 victory over Meerim Zhumanazarova of Kyrgyzstan.
It was business as usual for her in the semifinal, getting past Mongolai’s Battsetseg Soronzonbold 7-2 to book a place in the final where she will face USA’s Stock Mensah.
In athletics, it was heartbreak for Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan as he finished fourth in the women’s 100mH final with a 12.60 clocking. Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho Quinne won GOLD in 12.37s.
Elsewhere on the track, Grace Nwokocha continued on the Personal Best (PB) train after she clocked 22.47s twice in the heats and semis of the women’s 200m. However, her time in the semis was not enough to see her qualify for the final.
In Basketball, Nigeria’s D’Tigress got knocked out from the Olympics after going down 102-81 to hosts Japan in their last group game.