By Akionla Ajibola
Nigerian duo Blessing Oborududu and Ese Brume gave their fellow compatriots again dwelling some causes to cheer as they hope for extra medals on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan.
This adopted every week of dangerous information for Team Nigeria starting from the declaration of 10 athletes as ineligible to take part within the video games, to the suspension of Olympic medallist, Blessing Okagbare, amongst others.
Amid the fears of shattered goals on the Olympics, Oborududu revived the hopes for Nigerians following a superb efficiency within the semi-final of the ladies’s freestyle 68kg wrestling.
Paired with Battsetseg Soronzonbold, the 32-year-old beat her Mongolian opponent on Monday to achieve the following spherical and assure Nigeria its first medal on the Tokyo Olympics.
She later went on to face Stock Mensah Tamyra Marianna of the United States of America to jostle for the gold medal in that class in a keenly-watched ultimate.
Oborududu, nevertheless, misplaced 4-1 to the American.
25-Year Long Jump Record Crushed
But the defeat was not sufficient to discourage the 10-time African champion from being happy with her achievement after turning into the world’s quantity two lady wrestler.
She additionally made historical past on Tuesday as the primary wrestler to win an Olympic medal representing Nigeria on the Olympics.
The Olympian received a silver medal – the second for her nation after Brume who made the nation proud earlier by profitable a bronze medal within the ladies’s lengthy bounce class.
Brume leaped a finest bounce of 6.97m behind Germany’s Malaika Mihambo and Brittney Reese of the United States of America who claimed the gold and silver medals respectively.
The 25-year-old Nigerian had received bronze on the 2019 World Championships in Doha and later jumped a distance of seven.17m on the Chule Vista Festival in California in May.
By this time, she had crushed Chioma Ajunwa’s 25-year lengthy bounce report of seven.12m which received her a gold medal on the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
Brume was additionally the one Nigerian athlete who reached the ultimate of her occasion on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil the place she completed fifth.
Apart from the good performances from Oborududu and Brume, Nigerians are hoping for extra medals as second-seed Odunayo Adekuoroye begins her quest for an Olympic medal within the 57kg weight class on the ongoing video games.
Also throughout the medal vary is Chukwuebuka Enekwechi who can be competing within the males’s Shot Put ultimate.
More Money For Medallists
Meanwhile, praises have been pouring in for Oborududu and Brume from varied people and teams – together with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State.
“On behalf of the federal government and other people of Delta, I congratulate our daughter and Nigerian wrestler, Blessing Oborududu, for profitable a silver medal within the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“Deltans and Nigerians are very proud of this great achievement,” the governor mentioned of the feat recorded by the wrestler.
He additionally recommended Brume whom he mentioned he known as on Monday earlier than her athletics occasion to convey dwelling Nigeria’s first medal on the Olympics.
“She did! I’m certain that I spoke on behalf of all Deltans and Nigerians after I mentioned that we’re all extraordinarily happy with her for bringing dwelling Nigeria’s first Olympics monitor and area medal since 2008.
“Well done Ese!” he concluded.
As a method to encourage the athletes, Nigerian authorities introduced that medallists on the ongoing video games can be paid triple of their prize cash.
A senior official of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Simon Ebohdjaiye, defined that the transfer was to understand the spectacular and historic performances put up by the athletes.
“Gold medallist will now be rewarded with $15,000 while silver and bronze medal winners will each get $10,000 and S7,500 respectively,” he mentioned
“The earlier award is $5,000 for gold, $3,000 for silver, and $2,000 for bronze. The gesture is to drive home the point that the Federal Government rewards superlative efforts.”