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UWW ranking series: Adekuoroye leads quest for honours

Published by The Nation on Thu, 16 Jan 2020

Olalekan OkusanWorld silver medalist, Odunayo Adekuoroye alongside Blessing Oborududu, and Aminat Adeniyi will today take to the mat in their quest for honours and world ranking points at the first of two United World Wrestling (UWW) Ranking Series events, the Matteo Pellicone.The team which, arrived in Rome on Wednesday will today compete in the 57kg, 60kg, 68kg and 70kg of the womens freestyle event which has six of the 10 world champions in action.The four-day tournament kicked off yesterday in Ostia, a port city of ancient Rome, located 30km away from the city centre.In Adekuoroye weight category (57kg), the African champion will have to contend with world championCanadas Linda Moralises well as Russias Inna Trazhukova. Morais, who won gold in 2019 at 59kg. She will fight in the 57kg.Read Also:Nigeria handball male team in Tunisia for Nations CupIn early December, Morais defeated compatriots Hannah Taylor in two consecutive matches at the Canada Wrestling Trials and will be Canadas starter for the 2020 season. The addition of Morais bolsters a weight class that now features three-time world and Olympic champion Japans Risako Kawai and Chinas Rong Ningning, who fell short of defending her 2018 world title in this years gold-medal bout. Although Kawai wont be in action in Rome, Rong will.Another star that competed at 59kg in Kazakhstan, Indias Pooja Dhanda, will also be making her descent down to 57kg. Dhanda was a bronze medalist at 57kg back in 2018 but moved up to 59kg in 2019, where she finished in fifth place at the World Championships. Also in the field at 57kg are past world medallists Hungarys Emese Barka, Ukraines Iryna Chykhradze Khariv and United States Allison Ragan.
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