Can Blessing Oborududu get her pound of flesh against Tamyra Mensah – Stock, her American opponent in tomorrow’s wrestling bout 68kg freestyle?
That is the question on the lips of many followers of Wrestling in Nigeria.
Tomorrow’s wrestling bout will be the 4th time both wrestlers will be fighting each other. The American has beaten Oborududu on three occasions.
Wrestling fans can familiarize themselves with Mensah-Stock and Oborududu’s history. In a 6-1 affair at the 2019 World Championships, Tamyra showed off her leg attacks with three takedowns in the first period and then hung on for a controlled victory.
Their other two meetings have been closer. The most recent match at the 2020 Matteo Pellicone was a 3-1 victory for Mensah-Stock. A second period takedown in this one gave Mensah-Stock the edge.
These two also met in 2018 at Beat the Streets. Winning 1-1 on criteria, Oborududu was put on the activity clock. She was unable to score which gave Mensah-Stock the point she needed for a 2-1 win. Match IV in their series comes with an Olympic gold medal on the line.
Oborududu may have her our pound of flesh by beating Mensah – Stock in the final to win the elusive gold medal for Team Nigeria.
Another interesting thing about this gold wrestling fight is that both wrestlers are from the same ijaw ethnic tribe in Nigeria and while Mensah – Stock, born and bred in United States, chose to represent America. She is an Ekeremor Ijaw girl.
Oborududu on the other hand is a Southern Ijaw girl, born in proper Niger Delta waterside and she is proudly representing Nigeria.
The gold medal 68kg women freestyle clash is set to begin Tuesday, August 3 at 11:15 AM Nigerian Time.
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