Nigeria claimed the women’s team title at the African Wrestling Championships for the third consecutive year after winning five gold medals today in Hammamet in Tunisia.
The Nigerians finished with 195 points having secured medals in nine of the 10 weight categories at Salle Omnisports de Hammamet.
Their gold medallists were Miesinnei Genesis at 50 kilograms, Odunayo Adekuoroye at 57kg, Sunmisola Balogun at 65kg, Blessing Oborududu at 68kg and Blessing Onyebuchi at 76kg.
Adekuoroye, the 2017 world silver medallist, was the only Nigerian wrestler to win a non-Nordic style bracket.
In the 57kg final, she used a cross-ankle pick to score a 29-second fall over Cameroon’s Joseph Essombe Tiako.
It ensured her a fourth straight continental title.
Tunisia’s Dorssaf Gharssi was the bronze medallist after defeating Algeria’s Chaimaa Fouzia Aouissi 11-6.
The other four Nigerian gold medallists won their titles by going undefeated in the round-robin competitions.
Genesis finished ahead of Egypt’s Nada Mohamed and Algeria’s Kheira Yahiaoui, while Balogun held off Burkina Faso’s Yvette Zie and Tunisia’s Nour Jeljeli.
Senegal’s Anta Sambou was the runner-up to Oborududu with Tunisia’s Lilia Mejri third.
Completing the 76kg podium behind Onyebuchi was Egypt’s Mona Ahmed and Tunisia’s Rihem Ayari.
Final #WrestleHammamet Women’s Wrestling Team Scores— United World Wrestling (@wrestling) March 30, 2019
🏆 - Nigeria 🇳🇬 (195 points)
🥈 - Tunisia 🇹🇳 (177 points)
🥉 - Egypt 🇪🇬 (160 points)
Fourth - Algeria 🇩🇿 (83 points)
Fifth - Senegal 🇸🇳 (57 points)
Tunisia finished second overall with 177 points.
In what was expected to be the women’s wrestling bout of the night, the 62kg final saw Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Marwa Amri dump Aminat Adeniyi of Nigeria on her back and score the early first-period fall.
Amri’s title-winning performance gave her an 11th continental title.
She now holds 10 African Championship gold medals and one African Games title.
Cameroon’s Berthe Emilienne Etane Ngolle edged out Guinea’s Fatoumata Yarie Camara in the bronze medal match.
Faten Hammami won Tunisia’s second women’s wrestling gold medal after going undefeated in the 55kg Nordic bracket.
Algeria’s Lamia Chemlal was the silver medallist ahead of Egypt’s Faten Ahmed.
Third-place finishers Egypt, with 160 points overall, won gold medals in three Nordic weight categories.
Their three champions were Hala Ahmed, Eman Ebrahim, and Samar Hamza, who triumphed at 53kg, 59kg, and 72kg, respectively.
Ahmed finished ahead of Tunisia’s Sarra Hamdi and Nigeria’s Rosemary Nweke, while Ebrahim held off Tunisia’s Khouloud El Ouni and Nigeria’s Ifeoma Christiana Nwoye.
Nigeria’s Hannah Amuchechi Rueben was runner-up to Hamza with Tunisia’s Wiem Trabelsi third.
In the Greco-Roman overall standings, Egypt upended defending champions Algeria by winning six golds and three silver medals.
They finished on 220 points to Algeria's 192.
The six Egyptian champions were Moamen Mohamed at 60kg, Haithem Mahmoud at 63kg, Mohamed Elsayed at 67kg, Ahmed Ahmed at 82kg, Mohamed Metwally at 87kg and Abdellatif Mohamed at 130kg.
Of those, Mahmoud and Metwally were the only two who competed in traditional brackets.
Mahmoud claimed his second consecutive African gold medal at 63kg with a fall over Tunisia's Radhwen Tarhouni.
He built a five-point lead off a passivity point and a pair of gut wrenches before stopping a headlock to pick up the fall.
Metwally, meanwhile, beat Algeria Bachir Sid Azara 10-0 in his gold medal bout.
Algeria had a trio of champions – Abdelkarim Fergat at 55kg, Tarek Benaissa at 72kg and Adem Boudjemline at 97kg.
The 10th and final Greco-Roman gold medal of the day went to Morocco's Zied Ait Ouagram, who won the 77kg title to improve on his runner-up finish from last year and claim his 10th African title.
Action in Hammamet is due to conclude tomorrow.
The men's freestyle categories will take centre stage.