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Nigerian Blessing Oborududu has won GOLD at the Wrestling Hamit Kaplan Ranking Series in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Olympic silver medalist Oborududu defeated Meerim Zhumanazarova of Kazakhstan by 3-2 to be crowned Champion in the Women’s 68KG on Friday.

Recalled the Oborududu also defeated Zhumanazarov at the Tokyo Olympics last year.

It was her first Ranking Series gold after two silver and a bronze-medal finish in the previous edition.

Speaking after claiming the gold medal, Oborodudu said: “I wrestled her in the quarterfinals in Tokyo, but here, I knew it would be tougher. I had to keep myself from attacking too much. My coach told me to move before attacking. I can say it was easy.

“I was calculating a lot in my mind. I knew if she scored, then she would get two points. So I needed it to be 3-2.

“She was a bit better in Tokyo than here because everyone prepares better for the Olympics. I needed to be careful to get gold. In Tokyo, I attacked to get two points and then one passivity to win, 3-2. That was difficult.

“I am so excited. Now I have African Championships in May and then the Commonwealth Games. I want to win a world medal in September.”

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