Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududu and Ese Brume on Tuesday won silver and bronze medals respectively at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Oborududu picked up the medal after losing 4-1 to USA’s Tamyra Mensah-Stock in the final of the women’s 68kg freestyle wrestling.
The 32-year-old is the Nigerian wrestler ever to win a silver medal at the Games. She qualified for the final after defeating Soronzonboldyn Battsetseg of Mongolia 7-2 in the semi-finals.
In the quarterfinals, she defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Meerim Zhumanazarova 3-2 after beating Azerbaijan’s Elis Manolova in the Round of 16.
Meanwhile, 25-year-old Brume won the first medal for Nigeria at the Games after jumping 6.97m in her event.
The Nigerian picked up the bronze medal behind Germany’s Malaika Mihambo (Gold) and former champion Brittney Reese (silver).
Brume won bronze at the 2019 World Championships in Doha.
Prior to the Olympics, she broke Chioma Ajunwa’s 25-year long jump record of 7.12m after jumping a distance of 7.17m at the Chule Vista Festival in California in May.
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