Tokyo 2020: Adekuoroye wants to build on Poland masterclass in Tokyo

Tokyo 2020: Adekuoroye wants to build on Poland masterclass in Tokyo

Reigning Commonwealth champion Odunayo Adekuoroye says she her solid  performance in Poland will give her confidence going into the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan.

Adekuoroye said her aim is to build on the good outing in Poland by claiming a historic gold medal for Nigeria in Tokyo.

Adekuoroye won gold at the Poland Open Ranking Series tournament last month, impressively demolishing World and Olympic champion Helen Maroulis of USA 13-0 via technical superiority on her way to landing the 57kg top prize.

The 2-time Commonwealth champion says she’s now looking forward to positive outing in Tokyo after her performance at the Poland Open .

“For me, it’s like a pre-tournament for the Olympic Games,” she said. “Doing well in Poland gives me more confidence going to the Olympics.

“At least, most of the wrestlers I may wrestle with in the Olympics, I wrestled against them in the Poland Ranking Series, So, it’s a very good tournament for me. For like a year plus, I’ve not been to any international competition (due to Covid-19).

“So, going to Poland Ranking Series and performing excellently well is a very good competition for me ahead of Tokyo.”

The Tokyo 2020 Games will run from 23 July to 8 August, with wrestling scheduled for 1 – 7 August, 2021.

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