CWG gold thrills Oborududu, dedicates medal to God


’Tana Aiyejina

Two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududu has dedicated her latest winners’ medal in wrestling to God and Nigeria.

Oborududu defeated Linda Morais in the 68kg women’s category final to claim gold at the ongoing Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, hours after compatriot Odunayo Adekuoroye won the country’s sixth gold medal at the event also in the wrestling event.

In a post online, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games silver medallist was excited to have retained the gold medal she won at the last edition of the Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Oborududu wrote on Facebook, “And God did it again! Another gold in the bag. Won gold at my weight category at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. The games are still on, wish my fellow Nigerian athletes the best. Dedicate this one to God and tom my nation. Nigeria will rise again!”

The Bayelsa-born wrestler, who is ranked world No.2, had an easy ride over Nyeh Ngiri of Cameroon 10-0 in the round of 16, with India’s Kakran Divya also posing no problem in the quarter-finals as the Nigerian cruised to another emphatic 11-0 win.

The 33-year-old then made an easy meal of Cocker Lemalie in the semis with a 10-0 win, before beating Morais 5-1 to the first position in the 68kg category at the Coventry Arena Friday evening.