13th African Games: Nigeria's Gold Rush in Freestyle Women's Wrestling

Zakari Isah - Kaduna

In a remarkable display of skill and determination, the Nigerian contingent at the 13th All African Games in Ghana has intensified their gold rush, particularly in the Freestyle Women's Wrestling category. The spirited athletes clinched a total of six gold medals, showcasing their dominance on the continental stage.

A statement by Special Assistant on Media to the Honourable Minister of Sports Development, Diana Mary Nsan, revealed that the victorious Nigerian wrestlers and their respective weight categories are as follows:

1. Blessing Genesis (50kg) triumphed over Emma Nekassa of Kenya.

2. Ogunsanya Christiana (53kg) secured victory against Mohammad S. of Egypt.

3. Adekuroye Odunayo (57kg) emerged victorious, with the opponent yet to be determined.

4. Kolowole Esther (62kg) outperformed Kruger M. of the Republic of South Africa.

5. Oborodudu Blessing (68kg) claimed the gold by defeating Abdullateef S. of Egypt.

6. Hannah Rubin (76kg) demonstrated prowess by overcoming Hamza S. of Egypt.

Adding to the triumph, Nigeria's Anioluwapo Opeyori, the African Badminton champion, showcased his prowess by securing one gold medal and one silver medal, the latter coming from a worthy Nigerian opponent.

Honourable Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, expressed heartfelt congratulations to the athletes and coaches for their outstanding performance. 

He emphasized the pride in witnessing Nigerian women excel on the international stage, flying the national flag with honor.

Senator Enoh encouraged the athletes to maintain their focus on victory, assuring them of the unwavering commitment of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's government to support the Nigerian sports sector comprehensively and ensure timely disbursement of all dues.

As the competition progresses, the Nigerian team anticipates further success in various sports disciplines. The athletes, buoyed by their recent achievements, remain determined to make their mark and bring more glory to the nation.

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