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Commonwealth champion Mercy Genesis, Esther Kolawole, others secure African Games/ Olympic qualification

Posted : 04 February 2024

The National Trials for wrestlers got off to a fulfilling start for star names such as Commonwealth champion Mercy Genesis and African champion Esther Kolawole, who dispatched their opponents in a dominant fashion.

Mercy Genesis of Bayelsa in the 50kg category defeated Peace Paul from Edo with a pinfall, while African champion Esther Kolawole overpowered Precious Teibril of the Nigerian Army with a great display of superiority in the 62kg category.

Other high-profile matches included Ogunsanya Christiana of Ondo humbling Bekefula Tarilyefa from Bayelsa in the 53kg category, and Mercy Adekuoroye of Ondo beating Favour Opuene from Bayelsa in the 59kg category.

Also, in the 55kg category, Idirisi Adijat from Kano edged out Jumoke Adekoye of Ondo and Bayelsa sensation Mary Adeloola to finish first.

Similarly, Ebipade Mugaenbola topped her fellow Bayelsa counterpart Temene Deye and Rachel Felix of Ondo in the 65kg category.

Meanwhile, in Greco-Roman, Solomon Ulabo of Bayelsa, Ebi Akere from Bayelsa, and Okuro Augustine of Delta secured first positions in the 87kg, 97kg, and 130kg categories, respectively.

In the same vein, Duck Enenibodi from Edo, Paristan Alfred of N.S.C.D.C, and Emmanuel Nworie of Delta came out on top in the 60kg, 67kg, and 77kg categories, respectively.

Reacting to Day-1 of the trials, the President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Champion Daniel Igali, commended the individual determination of the athletes.

However, Igali expressed concerns over the lack of camping for the athletes, which showed in their performance. He stressed that they should be in camp two months before the African Games in March.

Champion Igali, therefore, called on the Federal Ministry to hasten preparations for the athletes to improve maximum output at the African Games in Accra, Ghana.

Action and excitement continue on Day-2 of the trials as Silver Olympic medalist Blessing Oborodudu, among other wrestlers, will take to the mat at 10 am.


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