Inspired by Daniel Igali, who won Gold for Canada at the 69kg freestyle in Sydney 2000, Blessing Oborududu has become the first Nigeria to win a Medal in Wrestling at the Olympics after she lost the Women’s 68kg final match to her American opponent Tamyra Mensah Stock to claim the silver medal.
The Commonwealth Gold medallist defeated Mongolia’s Soronzonboldyn Battsetseg 7-2 in the semi-finals after seeing off Kyrgyzstan’s Meerim Zhumanazarova 3-2 in th55e quarter-finals.
Her sliver medal at the Tokyo Olympics is Nigeria’s second medal at the event after long jumper Ese Brume claim a bronze medal a day before.
According to her in an interview with Olympics Channel, Gold medallist and the current president of Nigerian Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali, is her idol.
“Nigerian wrestling is special because we always want to win, we want to be number one in the world, number two [at worst]. And our president Igali, is an Olympic champion. And when he told us about himself and how he won it, that is what every wrestler wishes for, be in the Olympics and to win,” she said.
“Sometimes when we watch the Olympic video of our president Daniel Igali, how he received his medal, how he was crying. You know everything that happened at the Olympics, that is our desire, we want to be like him. Everybody in the team wants to be Olympic champion.”