Six Nigerian wrestlers have qualified to participate at the Rio 2016 Olympics scheduled for August 5 to 21, after getting to the finals of their various events at the Africa/Oceania Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament in Algiers, Algeria.
Of the 10 wrestlers presented by the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF), four female wrestlers and two male freestyle wrestlers joined Commonwealth Gold medalist, Odunayo Adekuoroye, who had earlier qualified by winning a bronze medal in the 53kg weight class at the 2015 World Championships in Las Vegas on the road to Rio.
This brings to a total of seven wrestlers made up of five females and two males, the highest number to ever qualify for the Games in the history of wrestling in Nigeria.
The female wrestlers to compete at the Olympics include; Mercy Genesis (48kg), Aminat Adeniyi, (58kg), Blessing Oborududu (63kg) and Hannah Reuben (69Kg).
All African Games champion, Mercy Genesis who failed to impress at the 2016 Africa Championship, was in fine form as she won all three fights against Hanene Salaounandji of Algeria by Technical Fall, 10-0; Rebecca Muambo (CMR), 7-2 and Jessica Lavers-Mc Bain (AUS) by Fall, (10-0).
In the 58Kg, Aminat Adeniyi finished second (Silver) as Tunisia’s finest Marwa Amri defeated her by Technical Fall.
Seven time Africa Champion, Blessing Oborududu suffered a narrow defeat 8-7 by Hela Riabi another Tunisian wrestler.
After failing to participate at the 2016 Africa Championship, Hannah Reuben made up for her loss, as she won a Gold medal for team Nigeria defeating Egyptian, Enas Ahmed by 8-2.
In the male freestyle category; Africa Champion, Daniel Amas (65K) maintained his form by defeating Australian Sahit Prizreni. Amas will not be the only male wrestler as Africa Bronze medallist; Soso Tamara also booked his place.
The other four Nigeria wrestlers, who will not be at the 2016 Rio Olympics are; Female wrestler, Blessing Onyebuchi (75Kg), male freestyle, Welson Ebikewinimo (57Kg), Melvin Bibo (74Kg) and Emmanuel Nworie (Greco Roman 66Kg).