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Nigeria clinch 3 medals from African Wrestling Championships

Blessing Oborududu has secured a record eleventh consecutive gold medal at the ongoing 2022 African Wrestling Championship (AWC) in Morocco. Photo: TheCable

Team Nigeria has capped an impressive outing at the 2022 African Wrestling Championships in El Jadida, Morocco, by claiming a silver and 2 bronze medals in the Freestyle (FS) events on the final day of the tournament.

It means all 11 wrestlers paraded by the country at the Championships each won a medal.

Wrestling in the 57kg Free Style, Commonwealth silver-medalist Ebikewenimo Welson won silver, while African champions Ogbonna John (74kg) and Ekerekeme Agiomor (86kg) both settled for bronze medals.

After securing quarter and semi-final wins against Congo DR’s Rabby Kilandi (12-1 via fall) and Diamantino Iuna Fafe of Guinea-Bissau (2-1), Welson lost 5-0 to Gamal Mohamed of Egypt in the final.

On his part, John, who had won 4 straight African titles hitherto failed to make it 5 in a row, after he was stopped in the semi-finals by Egyptian Amr Hussen via a fall victory.

He however won bronze by overcoming Brian Oloo of Kenya 10-0 via superiority in the 74kg class.

Similarly, Tokyo 2020 Olympian Agiomor, who faught in the 86kg class also claimed bronze after beating Tunisian Sabri Mnasria 9-0.

After receiving a bye in the qualification round, the 2018 African champion defeated Guma Bashir of Sudan 10-0 via pin-fall in the quarter-finals before narrowly going down 3-2 to Egyptian Mahmoud Badawi in the last 4.

Team Nigeria had on the penultimate day of the competition, claimed 4 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals in the Women Wrestling events.

However, the team surrendered the Women’s Team title to rivals Tunisia, who fielded a full team (of 10 wrestlers) at the tournament.

The North Africans finished with 179pts condemning Nigeria – winners of the Team title in the last 10 tournaments – to second spot, with 170pts.

Reporting by Chinedum Ohanusi; editing by Muzha Kucha