By Uche Dozie
Nigeria’s star girl in weightlifting moved to world number one as she took gold in the women’s wrestling 57kg after beating Egypt’s Eman Ebrahim 10-0 at the ate from the African Wrestling Championships in Algeria.
Odunayo defeated Emam Ebrahim of Egypt 4-0 in 48 seconds in the first round and won Fatoumata Canada of Guinea 10-0 via superiority.
She destroyed home favourite Cheima Chebila 11-0 via superiority to zoom into the final before beating Eman Ebrahim who she defeated in the first round to win her sixth African title.
The Nigerian female weightlifters took six gold and four silver in their respective categories to wrap up a memorable day for team Nigeria and retain their title women’s wrestling.
Mercy Genesis (50kg) beat Egypt’s Nada Mohammed 10-0 via superiority to defend her title in style.
Youngster Esther Kolawole (55kg) claimed her first senior gold medal at the African Championships with a dominant 10-0 technical superiority win against Dorsaff Gharssi of Tunisia in the final.
Bisola Makanjuola (59kg) defeated home girl Rayane Houfaf 6-0 via pinfall , silencing the fans to land gold.
Hannah Reuben (65kg) overpowered home girl Amel Hammiche 12-1 via superiority in the final to reclaim her African title.
Blessing Oborududu (68kg) powered to her 10th consecutive African Championships gold with an emphatic 10-0 superiority win against Rihem Ayari (TUN) in the final. She climbs to No.2 in the world ranking.
Meanwhile, Bose Samuel (53kg) lost to Joseph Essombe Tiako of Cameroon for the second time today, going down 4-1, to settle for silver.
Aminat Adeniyi (62kg) lost to defending champion Marwa Amri of Tunisia 2-0 via pinfall in a repeat of last year’s final.
Defending champion Blessing Onyebuchi (76kg) settled for silver after going down 9-3 via fall to Egyptian Samar Hamza.
Sunmisola Balogun (72kg) also got silver after battling past Eman Mohamed of Egypt 6-4 in her last round-robin match.
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