Team Nigeria’s disappointing run at the 2012 Olympic Games continued on Wednesday in London with women’s freestyle wrestler, Blessing Oborududu, crashing out in her first fight.
After drawing bye into the round of 16, the 23-year-old Nigerian failed to stand toe-to-toe with Ewa Michalik of Poland and lost 0-3 in their 63kg fight at the ExCel-North Arena 2.
The Nigerian was no match for her 32-year-old opponent, who is one of the event’s top fighters, as she won the first two periods of the fight to make the third one unnecessary.
Michalik won the first two-minute period with two points and went on to win the second with three points to advance to the quarter-finals.
“I tried my best but that was not enough against a better opponent. It is just unfortunate that I couldn’t do what was expected of me but it was tough,” Oborududu said after the fight.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Oborududu is one of the two female wresters in the four-member Nigerian wrestling team at the Olympics.
The other female wrestler, Amarachi Obiajunwa, will take to the mat on Thursday at 1.25 p.m. against China’s Jiao Wang at the same venue.
She will be fighting in the round of 16 of the freestyle 72 kg category.