Adekuoroye Climbs to World No. 1 After Winning Sixth African Title
Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 21:34 By Eric Olanowski
ALGER, Algeria (February 7) --- Odunayo ADEKUOROYE (NGR) and Blessing OBORUDUDU (NGR) improved on their top-three world rankings, as Nigerian women nabbed six African gold medals on Saturday night.
Adekuoroye won her sixth consecutive African championship crown and overthrew Risako KAWAI (JPN) for the world’s top-ranking at 57kg. Kawai will have an opportunity to regain the top spot later this month at the Asian Championships.
Adekuoroye started the year ranked third in the world at 57kg. She jumped then-second-ranked RONG Ningning (CHN) in last month’s rankings with a gold-medal finish at the Matteo Pellicone. She brought 43 points and a second ranking to Algeria and used her 18-point gold medal to move one-point ahead of Kawai, the reigning three-time world champion and 2016 Olympic champion. (Kawai will compete in the Asian Championships with an opportunity to regain her top rankings).
Adekuoroye went 4-0 on Saturday and outscored her opponents 31-0. She picked up her most notable wins against No. 12 (@ 59kg) Eman EBRAHIM (EGY). She pinned Ebrahim in the opening round and defeated her 10-0 in the Nordic bracket finals.
Blessing OBORUDUDU (NGR) passed Jenny FRANSSON (SWE) for the No. 2 ranking at 68kg after winning African gold on Saturday night. (Photo: United World Wrestling)
Fellow Nigerian Blessing Oborududu won gold on Saturday and moved ahead of Jenny FRANSSON (SWE) in the 68kg world rankings.
Oborududu brought her African gold-medal tally to ten and surpassed Fransson for the No. 2 spot in the 68kg women’s wrestling rankings. Oborududu’s title on Saturday was worth 18 points, moving her eight points ahead of the Swedish wrestler, who won’t compete at next week’s European Championships.
Oborududu tallied four blowout wins on Saturday. She ended each match early, scoring four technical superiority victories while outscoring her opponents 40-0.
Nigeria overpowered the women’s wrestling portion of the competition and won the team title with their ten finalists and six champions. Nigeria finished with 230 points, which was 64 points ahead of second-place Tunisia (166 points), and 66 points ahead of third-place Egypt (164 points).
Nigeria’s Women’s Wrestling Champions:
50kg - Miesinnei GENESIS (NGR)
55kg - Esther KOLAWOLE (NGR)
57kg - Odunayo ADEKUOROYE (NGR)
59kg - Bisola MAKANJUOLA (NGR)
65kg - Hannah Amuchechi RUEBEN (NGR)
68kg - Blessing OBORUDUDU (NGR)
Mohamed ELSAYED (EGY) is ranked third in the world at 67kg after his gold-medal performance in Algeria. (Photo: United World Wretling)
El Sayed and Mohamed Improve Top-Five Rankings with African Golds
Mohamed ELSAYED (EGY) and Abdellatif MOHAMED (EGY) improved on their top-five rankings with African golds and head into the final Ranking Series event eyeing a top-four seed at the Olympic Games.
El Sayed won the 67kg gold medal and earned 18 Ranking Series points, moving into the third spot of the rankings before the European Championships kick-off. He has 33 points and trails top-ranked Ismael BORRERO MOLINA (CUB) by nine points.
El Sayed, who qualified Egypt for the Olympic Games with a fifth-place finish in Nur-Sultan, entered the African Championships ranked fifth in the world at 67kg and was five points from leaping into the top-three of the rankings. His summit to the top of the African podium for the fourth time in his last five tries pushed him into the top-three of the rankings with one Ranking Series event left before the Olympic Games.
The two-time U23 world champion won all four of his matches on Saturday. He outscored his opponents 27-0 en route to the 67kg gold medal.
Abdellatif MOHAMED (EGY) snuck past Oscar PINO HINDES (CUB) for the No. 2 spot at 130kg with his African title-winning effort on Saturday. (Photo: Gabor Martin)
Abdellatif Mohamed was the second Egyptian who improved his top-five ranking with a gold-medal performance in Algeria.
Mohamed, who still needs to qualify Egypt for the Olympic Games at 130kg, entered the African Championships ranked third in the world with 30 Ranking Series points. He climbed to the second-ranking and gained a ten-point lead over Cuba's Oscar PINO HINDES (CUB).
Mohamed collected three wins on his road to gold on Saturday. He demolished his trio of opponents, scoring a fall and two technical superiority victories.
Host Nation Algeria Claims Six Golds
The host nation, Algeria, claimed six Greco-Roman gold medals at the African Championships and won the team title with 220 points. They finished 15 points ahead of second-place Egypt (205 points), and 73 points ahead of third-place Tunisia (147 points).
Algeria’s Greco-Roman Champions:
55kg - Abdelkarim FERGAT (ALG)
63kg - Abdeldjebar DJEBBARI (ALG)
77kg - Abd OUAKALI (ALG)
82kg - Chawki DOULACHE (ALG)
87kg - Bachir SID AZARA (ALG)
97kg - Adem BOUDJEMLINE (ALG)
GOLD - Miesinnei GENESIS (NGR) df. Nada MOHAMED (EGY), via fall
BRONZE - Ibtissem DOUDOU (ALG) df. Debora Valeria TURE (GBS), via fall
BRONZE - Sarra HAMDI (TUN) df. Fatiha SAHMANI (MAR), 10-0
GOLD - Joseph ESSOMBE TIAKO (CMR) df. Bose SAMUEL (NGR), 4-1
BRONZE - Kholod AHMED (EGY) df. Kheira YAHIAOUI (ALG), via injury default
GOLD - Esther Omolayo KOLAWOLE (NGR)
SILVER - Dorssaf GHARSSI (TUN)
BRONZE - Faten AHMED (EGY)
GOLD - Odunayo Folasade ADEKUOROYE (NGR) df. Eman Essam Guda EBRAHIM (EGY), 10-0
BRONZE - Siwar BOUSETTA (TUN) df. Cheima CHEBILA (ALG), 11-4
GOLD - Bisola MAKANJUOLA (NGR)
SILVER - Fatma Ramadan Gomaa Ahmed ELKELINY (EGY)
BRONZE - Khouloud EL OUNI (TUN)
GOLD - Marwa AMRI (TUN) df. Aminat Oluwafunmilayo ADENIYI (NGR), via fall
BRONZE - Berthe Emilienne ETANE NGOLLE (CMR) df. Wissal EL GNAOUI (MAR), via fall
GOLD - Hannah RUEBEN (NGR)
SILVER - Amel HAMMICHE (ALG)
BRONZE - Lilia MEJRI (TUN)
GOLD - Blessing OBORUDUDU (NGR)
SILVER - Anta SAMBOU (SEN)
BRONZE - Rihem AYARI (TUN)
GOLD - Zaineb SGHAIER (TUN)
SILVER - Sunmisola Idowu BALOGUN (NGR)
BRONZE - Sunmisola Idowu BALOGUN (EGY)
GOLD - Samar HAMZA (EGY) df. Blessing Joy ONYEBUCHI (NGR), via fall
BRONZE - Yvette ZIE (BUR) vs. Nour JELJELI (TUN), via fall
GOLD - Abdelkarim FERGAT (ALG)
SILVER - Romio Ricardo GOLIATH (NAM)
BRONZE - Youssef Mohamed Harbi THABET (EGY)
GOLD - Haithem MAHMOUD (EGY)
SILVER - Abdennour LAOUNI (ALG)
BRONZE - Abderrazak ROUINBI (MAR)
GOLD - Abdeldjebar DJEBBARI (ALG)
SILVER - Mostafa MOHAMED (EGY)
BRONZE - Hamed Moustapha TCHOUFON (RSA)
GOLD - Mohamed ELSAYED (EGY)
SILVER - Ishak GHAIOU (ALG)
BRONZE - Radhwen TARHOUNI (TUN)
GOLD - Lamjed MAAFI (TUN)
SILVER - Abouhalima Mohamed Elsaid ABOUHALIMA (EGY)
BRONZE - Tarek Aziz BENAISSA (ALG)
GOLD - Abd Elkrim OUAKALI (ALG) df. Wael Hamdy Mohamed ABDELRAHMAN (EGY), 11-5
BRONZE - Mohamed Aziz LANDOLSI (TUN) df. 2-1 Aziz BOUALEM (MAR), 2-1
GOLD - Chawki DOULACHE (ALG)
SILVER - Ghaith HANNACHI (TUN)
BRONZE - Mohamed SELIM (EGY)
GOLD - Bachir SID AZARA (ALG) df. Mohamed Moustafa Ahmed Abdall METWALLY (EGY), 9-0
BRONZE - Mohamed FAIQ (MAR) df. Mohamed Skander MISSAOUI (TUN), via fall
GOLD - Adem BOUDJEMLINE (ALG) df. Haikel ACHOURI (TUN), 9-0
BRONZE - Noureldin HASSAN (EGY) df. Choucri ATAFI (MAR), via injury default
GOLD - Abdellatif MOHAMED (EGY)
SILVER - Amine GUENNICHI (TUN)
BRONZE - Hichem KOUCHIT (ALG)