Team Nigeria’s gold medal hopeful, Odunayo Adekuroye has crashed out of the wrestling event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after losing to Anastasia Nichita of Mongolia with a pinfall that ended her dream of winning an Olympic gold medal.
The Nigerian was leading her opponent 8-2 but fell in the Round of 16 clash.
Adekuoroye would still have a chance to fight for a bronze medal through the repechage had Nichita reach the final, but lost her quarterfinal matc 6-3 to Nilova Evelina Georgieva of Bulgaria.
The Nigeria’s officials including the minister of youth and sports, Sunday Dare; Nigeria Olympic Committee president, Habu Gumel; AFN president Tony Okowa, Chief Solomon Ogba and chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation and Olympic gold medalist, Danie Igali who were at the Makuhari Messe in Makuhari New City area of Chiba to the cheer Adekuoroye, ranked number one by the United World Wrestling (UWW) at women’s freestyle 55 kg category, were speechless, shock and davasted by outcome of the match. Igali, who had jealously guided and prepared Adekuoroye for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medal could not contain his tears, more especially that the Nigerian had previously defeated her opponent severally.
Nigeria’s only male wrestler Ekerekeme Agiomor was also sent packing from the Tokyo 2020 Games on Tuesday after losing his first bout of the Men’s freestyle 86kg quarterfinals 1-12 to Deepak Punia of India.
In the canoeing event, Nigeria’s first ever female canoeist to the Olympics, Ayomide Bello placed 3rd, consequently missing out of a place in the semifinals of the women’s singles 200m despite finishing with a faster time of 47.326s in the quarter final.