Wrestler Odunayo Adekuoroye dedicates gold medal at African Games to late mum

Odunayo Adekuoroye
Odunayo Adekuoroye

Freestyle wrestler Odunayo Adekuoroye has dedicated her gold medal which she won on Sunday at the African Games in Ghana to her late mum.

Adekuoroye defeated Zineb Hassoune of Morocco by a pinfall.

The wrestler, in an Instagram post on Monday, thanked her pastor, coach, siblings, husband and others for their support.

“I am grateful to God Almighty for strength and for everything. I thank my father in the Lord Dr. D. K Olukoya for his endless prayers and support all the time, I thank Hon. Dr Daniel Igali for his good leadership and fatherly role. I thank my coach Akuh Purity for all his efforts and support even when I moved to USA 🇺🇸 he never relented in monitoring my growth and development,” she wrote.

“I dedicate this medal specially to my late Mom,” Adekuoroye added.

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The athlete announced her mother’s death in November 2023.

Team Nigeria recorded a clean sweep of gold medals on Sunday at the Games as six female wrestlers won in their various categories.

Mercy Genesis kicked off the gold medal rush, winning Nigeria’s first wrestling gold medal in the 50kg category. She defeated Egyptian Mohamed Nada 7-0.

Blessing Oborodudu led by example as captain of the Nigerian wrestlers to defeat Blandine Ngiri of Cameroon 14-4.

African Games debutant Ogunsanya Christiana produced a dominant display in the 53kg to outclass her Ivorian opponent Nogona Bakayoko 11-0.

Hannah Reuben and Esther Kolawole also won gold medals for Nigeria in the women’s 62kg and 76kg freestyle wrestling respectively.