Blessing Oborodudu settled for silver after losing to USA’s Tamyra Marianna Stock Mensah in the final of Tokyo Olympic women’s wrestling, as Nigeria got its second medal in the competition.
Oborududu suffered a 1-4 loss to Tamyra in the final of Tokyo Olympic women’s wrestling on Tuesday afternoon, August 3, but still went home with a silver medal.
Prior to the final, she defeated Mongolia’s Battsetseg Soronzonbold to qualify for the clash of the women’s 68kg by 7-2.
This is coming after, Ese Brume won Nigeria’s first medal, which was a bronze medal in the Women’s long jump final.
Brume came third after six jumps while Brittney Reese of the United States finished second behind World and now Olympic champion, Germany’s Malaika Mihambo.
The 25-year-old took the lead after the first round with a 6.97m jump in her first attempt, ranking ahead of Mihambo (6.95m), the energetic Tara Davis of the United States who jumped 6.62m as well as Jazmin Sawyers of Great Britain who got a red flag in her first attempt.
Brume however dropped to the silver medal spot after the third round with a no jump, while she was overtaken by Reese who jumped a distance of 6.97m in her third attempt while Davis, one of the stars of the event, jumped 6.81 to move out of the eighth position into seventh.
The Nigerian however moved back into the gold medal spot in her fourth jump as she reached the distance of 6.88m, pushing Reese into the silver medal spot with a 6.87m jump with two more jumps to go.
Brume and her coach were left frustrated prior to the final jump as she got a red flag in her fifth, after world champions Mihambo, got flagged as well, but Reese moved back into first after jumping 6.95m.
The final jump was a three-horse race between the Nigerian, German world champion and America, and Mihambo put the pressure on her opponents with her last by jumping a distance of 7.00m.
Brume who came into the competition as the longest jumper in the world failed to reach the longest on the night by jumping to claim the bronze medal while US’ Reece jumped 6.84 to claim the silver medal.