Nigeria’s Odunayo Adekuoroye and Tunisia’s Marwa Amri on Wednesday became the first women from Africa to march into the gold medal finals at a senior wrestling world championships.
Adekuoroye, rolled up a technical fall over European under-23 champion Irina Kurachkina in her 55kg semifinal to become the second African woman the gold medal finals.
In the championship bout at 55kg, Adekuoroye will take on cadet world champion Haruna Okunao, who also advanced by technical fall, stopping European champion Biliyana Dudova in 4:07.
Amri, a bronze medalist from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, was the first to qualify for the gold medal round.
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She came from behind in the 58kg semifinals with a four-point takedown for an 8-7 win over two-time Asia champion Aisuluu Tynbekova.
At 58kg, Amri will take on Rio 2016 gold medalist at 53kg Helen Maroulis.
In the evening’s championship session, the two African wrestlers will also try to become the first female world champions from Africa.
By united world wrestling
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