NIGERIA secured its first silver medal in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics, courtesy of wrestler Blessing Oborududu.
Long jumper Ese Brume had earlier won the first bronze for Nigeria.
In the final of the women’s freestyle 68kg wrestling today, Oborududu lost 4-1 to her opponent USA’s Tamyra Mensah-Stock.
With this feat, Oborududu becomes the first Nigerian wrestler ever to win a silver medal at the Games.
Oborududu, who is also the first-ever Nigerian to win an Olympics medal in wrestling, qualified for the final after defeating Mongolia’s Soronzonboldyn Battsetseg 7-2 in the semi-finals.
She had earlier defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Meerim Zhumanazarova 3-2 in the quarter-finals, after seeing off Azerbaijan’s Elis Manolova in the Round of 16.