*Succumbs to Ghanaian born American, Tamyra Mensah
By Ernest Omoarelojie with Agency Reports
It was a test of grits and guts as two African sisters took the wrestling mat on Tuesday in the final of the 68kg category in Tokyo. In the match which pitched Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududu locked against Ghanaian born America mats woman, Tamyra Mensah-Stock, it was the latter who emerged victorious with a 4-1 points, leaving the Nigerian hopeful with a precious silver she already won from qualifying for the final match.
Oborududu, a Commonwealth champion, had on Monday, dismissed Mongolia’s strong wrestler, Battsetseg Soronzonbold with a fantastic 7-2 display that secured the silver for her, raising hopes that a gold was not impossible after all.
“I want World, Olympic gold medals on my shelf,” she said after the semi final match.
Despite her brave performance, including being the first wrestler to take Nigeria to any Olympic final in the sport, she had to settle for silver due mainly to Stock’s technical superiority.
The medal brings to two the number won by members of Team Nigeria at the event. Earlier, Ese Brume won bronze at the Lady’s long jump.
Nigeria’s gold medal hope in female wrestling event now lies in the 57kg where artful Odunayo Adekuoroye, who begins will begin her campaign against Moldova’s Anastasia Nichita, stands tall.