Who is Odunayo Adekuoroye? Learn More About Olympic & Commonwealth Gold Medalist

Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye is a Nigerian freestyle wrestler. She was born on 10 December 1993 at Ilutitun, Ondo State.1

Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye is a Nigerian freestyle wrestler. She was born on 10 December 1993 at Ilutitun, Ondo State.

Odunayo Adekuoroye is a 29-year-old senior in women’s wrestling, and she weighs about 59kg.

Quick Facts About Odunayo Adekuoroye

  • Full Name — Odunayo Folasade Adekuoroye
  • Nickname — Pantera Dancer
  • Date of Birth — December 10, 1993
  • Place of Birth — Ilutitun, Ondo State
  • Sport — Wrestling
  • Honours — Three Commonwealth Games Gold Medals, One Commonwealth Games Bronze Medal, One Islamic Solidarity Games Gold Medal, Two World Championships Bronze Medals and One World Championships Silver Medal

She heads into the Tokyo Olympic Games as the second-seeded wrestler at 57kg. Her first appearance was at the Rio Olympic Games. She finished 16th place. She is also one of the two Nigerian women to reach the finals.

She ultimately fell in the gold medal match and settled for a silver medal. She also won bronze medals in ’15 and ’19. Odunayo is also a six-time African Medalist, five of them gold.

Odunayo Adekuroye is a freestyle and multi-award-winning wrestler from Nigeria. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where she won a gold medal in the women’s freestyle 53kg event, and the 2015 World Wrestling Championships, where she earned a bronze medal. She took a silver medal at the 2017 World Wrestling Women’s freestyle 55 kilos.

Her career started when she competed in the cadet division at Nigeria’s 15th National Sports Festival, which was held in Ogun state. She came fourth place in the women’s 57kg Wrestling division by United World Wrestling in March 2019.

Odunayo Adekuroye added a gold medal to the bronze medal she had won at the World Wrestling Championship in Las Vegas in 2015 by defeating Nina Menkenwa of Russia in the final of the 55kg women’s freestyle at the 2016 Golden Grand Prix in Azerbaijan.

At the 2022 Summer Olympics, Tokyo, Japan, Japan. She participated in the women’s 57kg competition. Still, she lost to Anastasia Nitchita of Moldova in the first round of the Competition. Still, she won one of the bronze medals in her Competition at the Rome, Italy-hosted Matteo Pallicine ranking series 2022. She represented Nigeria.

Odunayo Adekuroye competed in the Women’s Freestyle 57kg weight class at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, where she defeated Pooja Dhanda of India to earn her second Commonwealth gold medal. At the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Adekuoroye defeated India’s Anshu Malik to win her gold medal.

Her social media handle on Twitter is @Odunadekuroye, while her Instagram handle is @adekuroyeodun.

Odunayo Adekuroye’s net worth is estimated to be around $2 million.