By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Nigerian wrestler Odun Adekuoroye on Wednesday cruised to a 10-0 technical fall over Belarusian Iryna Kurachkina in the women’s 55kg to qualify for the final of the 2017 World Wrestling Championship in Paris, France, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Adekuoroye who won gold for Nigeria in the 2014 Commonwealth Games and bronze at the 2015 World Wrestling Championship in Las Vegas thus becomes the first Nigerian wrestler to reach the final of the Championship.
Adekuoroye beat Davaachimeg Erkhembayar in the semi-finals to reach the final. 14 countries were represented by their wrestlers at the semifinals stage.
Earlier, Nigeria’s Aminat Adeniyi, according to www.flowrestling.org, was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Championship in the women’s 58kg, losing 4-3 to Aisuluu Tynbekora of Kazakhstan. The 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth gold medalist had defeated European champion Grace Bullen from Norway 9-8 and Hockova Martinakova from Czech Republic 10-0, in the earlier rounds to set up the clash.
Blessing Oborududu fighting in the 63 kg knocked off two-time world bronze medallist Taybe Yusein 12-8 and USA’s Mallory Velte by 10-2 but was eventually beaten by Orkhon Purevdorj from Mongolia in the quarter-finals.
The other Nigerian representatives in the Championship are: Mercy Genesis (48kg, women), Amos Daniel (65 kg, men), John Emmanuel (70kg, men).