Odunayo Adekuoroye

Odunayo Adekuoroye (born 10 December 1993) is a Nigerian freestyle wrestler.[1] She competed in the women's freestyle 53 kg event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games[2] where she won a gold medal[3] and at the 2015 World Wrestling Championships where she won a bronze medal. [4] She won the silver medal at the women's freestyle 55 kilograms 2017 World Wrestling Championships.[5]

First fight

Adekuoroye participated in Nigeria’s 15th National Sport Festival held in Ogun State, where she won the gold medal in the cadet category.[6] On March, 2019, Adekuoroye was ranked 4th in the Women's 57kg wrestling class by United World Wrestling.[7]

Commonwealth experience

She participated in Commonwealth Tournament for the first time in 2010 representing Team Nigeria in India. She won the bronze medal in the 48kg category at the age of 17 years.

In 2014 she defeated Indian Sehrawat Lalita in the final of the women’s freestyle 53kg category to win her first Commonwealth game gold medal.[8]

In 2018, Adekuoroye participated in the 2018 “Gold Coast” Commonwealth in Australia, winning her second Commonwealth gold medal in the Women's Freestyle 57kg weight class defeating Pooja Dhanda of India in the final.[9]

Other international fights

Adekuoroye picked up a gold medal in 2016 by defeating Russia Nina Menkenova in the final for 55kg women's freestyle at the 2016 Golden grand prix in Azerbaijan, adding to the bronze medal she won in 2015 at the World Wrestling Championship in Las Vegas.[10][11]

In 2017, Odunayo Adekuoroye was ranked number one by the United World Wrestling (UWW) at women’s freestyle 55kg category[12], and went onto win silver medal in 55kg category after losing narrowly to Japan’s Haruna Okuno in the final of 2017 World Wrestling Championship, held in Paris, France.[13]

Odunayo Adekuoroye competed and won gold at the 2019 German Grand Prix Championship. The tournament that was held in Dormagen saw Adekuoroye win the 57kg weight class of Women’s freestyle without losing a point throughout the tournament, just as she defeated Hungarian Anna Szell in the final by 10-0.[14] After which she clinched a Bronze medal in the 57kg class at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov ranking series tournament in Ruse, Bulgaria, 2019.[15]

Following her outing at the German grand prix and Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov ranking series tournament in Ruse, Bulgaria,  Adekuoroye participated in the 2019 African Wrestling Championships, Hammamat, Tunisia, defeating Cameroon’s EssoneTiako in 29 seconds in the final of Women freestyle event. She was named the best Female Wrestler of the tournament.[16] In July 2019, She defeated Tetyana Kit of Ukraine 10-0 in the final to win gold in the 57kg category at Yasar Dogu Ranking series event in Istanbul, Turkey.[17]

Rio 2016 Olympic experience

In the 2016 Olympics, she was defeated by Sweden's Sofia Mattsson in the quarter final.[18]


  1. ^ "Glasgow 2014 profile". Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Commonwealth Games: Adekuoroye, Adeniyi win wrestling gold". 360 nobs website. 31 July 2014.
  3. ^ Foley, Tim (30 July 2014). "Nigeria impresses on second day of wrestling at Commonwealth Games". United World Wrestling. Switzerland. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  4. ^ Omaku, Cephas (10 September 2015). "Wrestling: Adekuoroye Wins World Championships Bronze, Advances to Rio Games". Information Nigeria website. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  5. ^ Tunde Eludini (August 23, 2017). "Wrestling: Nigeria's Adekuoroye wins silver at World Championship". Premium Times.
  6. ^ "15th National Sport Festival Begins in Ogun State". https://allafrica.com/stories/200604070215.html. External link in |website= (help)
  7. ^ "Wrestling: Odunayo Adekuoroye number 4 in the World". ACLSports. 2019-03-12. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  8. ^ www.bbc.com https://www.bbc.com/sport/av/commonwealth-games/28567548. Retrieved 2019-06-16. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Commonwealth Games: Team Nigeria wrestlers win gold". Vanguard News. 2018-04-13. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  10. ^ Olus, Yemi (2017-08-26). "Adekuoroye becomes first Nigerian wrestler to win World Championships Silver medal". MAKING OF CHAMPIONS. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  11. ^ "Golden Grand Prix Final | United World Wrestling". unitedworldwrestling.org. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  12. ^ "Odunayo Adekuoroye Is World No. 1 Female Wrestler - 55 kg [2017]". PositiveNaija. 2017-08-12. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  13. ^ Brila (2017-08-24). "World Championships: Odunayo Adekuoroye wins Africa's first ever Silver medal". Latest Sports News In Nigeria. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  14. ^ "German Grand Prix: it is gold for Adekuoroye". ACLSports. 2019-02-24. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  15. ^ "Adekuoroye clinches Bronze medal in Bulgaria Ranking Event". ACLSports. 2019-03-05. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  16. ^ Published. "Adekuoroye best wrestler at African championships". Punch Newspapers. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  17. ^ "Ranking Series: Adekuoroye wins gold, Oborududu bags bronze". The Nation Newspaper. 2019-07-14. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  18. ^ "Rio 2016 Olympics: 3 Nigerian women wrestlers crash out – Sports". Tribune Online. 2016-08-17. Retrieved 2019-06-16.

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