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Nigerian wrestlers sweep five gold In Day-2 Of African Championships

Posted : 20 March 2024

The second day of the African Senior Wrestling Championships in Egypt started on a better note for Nigerian wrestlers, adding to the gold medal sweep from Day 1.

Recall that on Day 1 of the tournament, Nigeria's female wrestlers clinched four gold medals, with athletes like Blessing Oborududu and Odunayo Adekuoroye leading the gold acquisition.

African Games three-time champion Mercy Genesis started Day 2 of the Championships for Team Nigeria with a dominant display over NTSA ASSOUGA of Cameroon in the 50kg category to retain her African Championships title.

Adijat Idris in the 53kg category continued the winning streak by defeating Aya Eid Gomaa SOLIMAN of Egypt to secure the gold medal.

Similarly, Mercy Bolafunoluwa Adekuoroye outclassed Hana Ali Hamada Mohamed HUSSEIN of Egypt in the 59kg category to add another gold for Team Nigeria.

Ebipatei Mughenbofa beat Egyptian Mouda Badawi Hamed in the 65kg final to win gold, while Ebi BIOGOS in the 72kg category outshined Aya ICHAOUI of Tunisia to emerge as champion.

In a repeat of the African Games final in the 125kg men's freestyle, Nigerian Ashton Mutuwa lost to Youssif Ibrahim HEMIDA of Egypt in the final once again, securing the silver medal in what was his first African Championships for Nigeria.

Harrison Onovwiomobohwo and Stephen Simon Izolo settled for bronze in the 86kg and 65kg categories, respectively.

The Nigerian Wrestling contingent will now turn their attention to the Olympic qualifiers in two days, hoping to secure multiple slots in the Paris 2024 Games.


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