Nigeria’s enterprising female amateur wrestler, Odunayo Adekuoroye has become the second best woman in the world 57kg category, according the latest global rankings by the grapplers’ sport’s governing body, United World Wrestling.
Latest figures released at the start of the week show that the two time Commonwealth Games champion has moved a step up to become second best in her weight class, while fellow-Nigerian heroine and nine-time African champion, Blessing Oborududu is now fourth in the 68kg category.
Adekouroye, who won a bronze medal during last month’s World Wrestling Championships in Kazakhstan, is now second with 73 points, three points behind 2018 world champion, Ningning Rong of China, while Norway’s Grace Bullen is third with 66 points.
Oborududu, who is also a Commonwealth Games gold medalist, is fourth with 48 points, behind top-rated Anna Fransson from Swen, who has 56 points, as well as Alla Cherkasova of Ukraine (52) and Battsetseg Soronzonbold of Mongolia (51).
Nigeria’s duo of Blessing Onyebuchi (76kg) and Mercy Genesis (50kg), who are currently in Doha, Qatar for the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games, are ranked 15th and 18th respectively, while Commonwealth champion Aminat Adeniyi (62kg) is rated 20th in the world and another African champion, Sunmisola Balogun is ranked 12th in the 65kg class with 18 points.
In the men’s freestyle category, John Emmanuel is placed 14th in the 74kg weight class with 18 points. The 3-time African champion is the only Nigerian male wrestler in the top 20 across the 10 weight classes.