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Nigerian wrestlers Adekuroye, Oborududu move up in world rankings

Odunayo Adekuroye

The world wrestling rankings for October has seen Nigerian athletes, Odunayo Adekuroye and Blessing Oborududu make enviable progress.

This is coming after their feat at the last World Wrestling Championships in Nur-Sultan Kazakhstan.

In the 57kg category, Commonwealth Games champion, Adekuoroye moved one step up in the latest rankings, and he is now the second best wrestler in the world in her weight class.

In the 68kg category, nine-time African champion Oborududu climbed to number four.

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A press release from the Nigeria Wrestling Federation read, “Adekouroye, who won a bronze medal at last month’s World Championships in Kazakhstan, is now second with 73 points, three points behind 2018 world champion Ningning Rong of China, while Norwegian Grace Bullen is placed third with 66points.

“Oborududu, a Commonwealth gold medalist, is in fourth place with 48points, behind top-rated Swede, Anna Fransson (56pts), Alla Cherkasova (52pts) of Ukraine and Battsetseg Soronzonbold (51points) of Mongolia.”

Also in the ratings by the United World Wrestling, Nigeria’s duo of Blessing Onyebuchi (76kg) and Mercy Genesis (50kg) were ranked 15th and 18th respectively,

Both athletes are currently in Doha, Qatar for the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games.

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