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Don’t stop winning, ex-Olympian Oliseh urges Oborududu after historic feat at Istanbul

Atlanta Olympics gold medalist and former Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh has urged top wrestler, Blessing Oborududu, to continue to raise Nigeria’s flag gloriously across the world.

Oborududu on Saturday achieved another milestone in the colour of Nigeria as she won the goal medal at the ongoing 2022 Wrestling Hamit Kaplan Ranking Series in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics silver medalist defeated Meerim Zhumanazarova of Kyrgyzstani in the final of women’s 68kg final, on Friday.

It was the first Ranking Series gold after two silver and a bronze-medal finish in the previous edition.

Reacting to her feat on his Twitter handle, Oliseh said: “Always an inspiration when such exceptional feats like this are achieved by compatriots. Congrats Blessing and please don’t stop”

In her reaction after the feat, Oborodudu said: “I wrestled her in the quarterfinals in Tokyo, but here, I knew it would be tougher. I had to keep myself from attacking too much. My coach told me to move before attacking. I can say it was easy.

“I was calculating a lot in my mind. I knew if she scored, then she would get two points. So I needed it to be 3-2.

Recalled the commonwealth games champion also defeated Zhumanazarov in Tokyo last year.

“She was a bit better in Tokyo than here because everyone prepares better for the Olympics. I needed to be careful to get gold. In Tokyo, I attacked to get two points and then one passivity to win, 3-2. That was difficult.

“I am so excited. Now I have African Championships in May and then the Commonwealth Games. I want to win a world medal in September.”

The wrestling tournament which started on Thursday 24, will end on Sunday 27.

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