Nigeria on Monday was assured its first medal on the Tokyo Olympics after Blessing Oborodudu received her ladies’s freestyle 68kg wrestling semi-final match.
Oborududu beat Mongolia’s Battsetseg Soronzonbold to succeed in the ultimate.
Although the ultimate match is but to be performed, she is now assured both a gold or silver medal.
Oborududu can be set for the document books as Nigeria’s first ever Olympics medalist in wrestling.
“This is a real Blessing to Nigeria,” the Minister of Sports Sunday Dare mentioned, reacting to Oborududu’s feat.
“Thank you Blessing for wiping away the ache of the close to misses recorded in different occasions. Nigerians are pleased with you. The show is typical of the by no means say die Nigerian spirit.
“Keep the tempo going until we reach the ultimate which is the gold. Don’t give up the fight until you re-write Nigerian Olympics history with a gold medal in the kitty.”
Nigerian athletes have struggled to make a mark on the Tokyo Olympics amid failed drug exams and accidents.
Earlier on Monday, medal hopeful Tobi Amusan had completed fourth within the ladies’s 100m hurdles closing.