Nigerian wrestler, Adekuoroye qualifies for Rio 2016 Olympics

Wrestlers in action during a recent tournament in Lagos.

•Wrestlers in action during a recent tournament in Lagos.

•Wrestlers in action during a recent tournament in Lagos.
•Wrestlers in action during a recent tournament in Lagos.

Nigeria’s female wrestler, Odunayo Adekuoroye, has qualified for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Adekuoroye, who won a gold medal at the last Commonwealth Games, faced a line-up of top wrestlers at the ongoing World Junior Wrestling Championship in Las Vegas, USA, to achieve the feat.

Adekuoroye, 21, began her quest for honours with the defeat of Malysheva from Russia 4-3, she also beat Horsham of Ukraine 13-3, and lost 2-4 to Mattsson(Sweden) via a fall.

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She bounced back to demolish Shustoke of Belarus10-0, and also defeated Zhong X from China on Wednesday by a pinfall to claim a bronze medal and also qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Speaking after the remarkable feat, Daniel lgali, President of Nigeria Wrestling Federation was full of praises for the Ondo State-born wrestler, adding that hard work and discipline played major roles in this achievement.

The Olympic gold medalist expressed optimism that Nigerian wrestlers will do the country proud at the Rio Games.