Blessing Oborodudu has qualified for next month’s African Games in Accra, Ghana, and the Paris 2024 Olympic qualifiers as the 2024 Wrestling Trials came to a fitting finale in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
The Japan 2020 Olympics silver medalist wasted no time in dispatching her opponent Tokere Appah of Bayelsa, in the 68kg category via pinfall.
Ebi Biogos of Bayelsa and Hannah Reuben of the Nigerian Army also came out victorious in the 72kg and 76 kg, respectively.
In the male freestyle, Soso Tamarau of Delta and Ashton Mutuwa of Plateau caused upsets in the 97kg and 125kg. American-based sensation Mutuwa upset National Champion Progress Benson of Rivers to secure the African Games qualification and Olympic Qualifiers.
Similarly, Harrison Isrsal of Bayelsa dented the hopes of Jackson Ondo’s Oluwafemi, who is a national champion in the 86kg.
In the men’s 65kg, Stephen Simon of Bayelsa defeated former national champion Amas Daniel of Bayelsa, while Braveman Pere secured qualification to the Games in the 74kg.
In the 57kg, Enozumini Simon of Edo joined the winning parade by cementing his slot at the African Games.
The African Games will be held in Accra, Ghana’s capital city, from March 8–24, 2024, while the first Olympic qualifiers for the year runs from March 12–20 in Alexander, Egypt.