Blessing Oborudududu is a Nigerian freestyle wrestler . She is currently ranked second in the world among women wrestlers and is the first wrestler to win an Olympic medal representing Nigeria at the Olympic Games. She is also a ten-time African champion from 2010 to 2020.
Oborududu was invited to the national camp in 2007 to participate in the African Games after noticing her impressive performances in the school’s inter-house wrestling competitions. Her parents were initially against her aspirations to become a wrestler and advised her that wrestling was for boys only.
She idolised Canadian-Nigerian wrestler Daniel Igali, who was originally thought to be the first person from Nigeria to win an Olympic wrestling medal. She has won a gold medal at the African wrestling championships every year for the past 11 years except 2012 when she did not compete due to her participation in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
She competed in the 63kg freestyle category at the 2012 Summer Olympics and was ejected in the 1/8 final by Monika Mihalik . She won the women’s middleweight bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games after defeating Chloe Spiteri in the bronze medal match.
She also competed in the women’s middleweight division at the 2016 Summer Olympics , losing to Soronzonboldyn Batzeg in the second round. She won the women’s 63kg gold medal at the 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games . She won the gold medal at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in the women’s under 68kg freestyle wrestling event, defeating Canada’s Danielle Lappedge .
She qualified for the 2021 Africa and Oceania qualifying tournament to represent Nigeria at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. In June 2021, she won a silver medal at the Poland Open 2021, held in Warsaw, Poland.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics
On 3 August 2021, she won the silver medal in the women’s 68kg weight category after defeating American Tamira Mensah-Stock 4-1 at the 2020 Summer Olympics . She also became the first Nigerian to win an Olympic wrestling medal. Eventually, she also won Nigeria’s first silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics .