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Nigeria's Adekuoroye rules the world of 57kg Wrestling

Posted : 22 March 2024

Nigeria's Odunayo Adekuoroye, an Olympian, is now ranked No. 1 globally in the 57 kg category with 49,000 points, according to the United World Wrestling in its latest rankings.

Adekuoroye's performance in wrestling at the ongoing African Games in Ghana earned her the top position.

Adekuoroye defeated Zineb Hassoune of Morocco by pinfall to win Gold in the 57kg category at the 13th African Games.

In the second position in the world ranking is Anastasia Nichita of Moldova with 47,200 points, while in the third place is Tsugumi Sakurai of Japan with 45,000 points.

Daniel Igali, the President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, said he was elated at the wrestler’s feat, even though she had not competed as much as she would like to.

“This ranking gives us added motivation to prepare adequately for the Olympics,” he said.

He added that they had just finished the African championships in Alexandria.

“We came with 15 athletes, won 9 gold, 1 silver, and 2 bronze medals. We had 10 women, won 9 gold and 1 silver in the female style.

“We are now getting ready for the 2024 Oceania/Africa Olympic qualifiers, which start on March 22, Greco-Roman on the 22nd, female wrestling on the 23rd, and freestyle on the 24th. Our goal is to qualify about five or six slots,” he said.


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