8 September 2016
Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri has climbed from No.40 to No.25 in world’s Table Tennis ranking done by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).
Also in the ranking released on Tuesday, Nigerian veteran tennis star, Segun Toriola, was rewarded for his effort in Rio as the seven-time Olympian moved from 120 to 106 in the ranking.
Quadri’s points rose from 2305 in August to 2457 points to become the first player in Africa to be rated in the top 25 in the world. The other African after Quadri is in distant 55th position.
Quadri had a sterling performance at the just-concluded Rio Olympics games where he got to the quarter-finals before losing to China’s world No.1 Ma Long.
He was the first and only African ever to make it to the quarter finals of the Table Tennis men’s single event at an Olympic Games.
Quadri has already been listed among top players that will compete at ITTF Men’s World Cup that will be held later this year
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s duo of Edem Offiong and Olufunke Oshonaike were not that lucky in the latest rankings with Offiong dropping from 120 to 129 while Oshonaike dropped from 241 to 251.
Also in the latest ranking, Olympic and world champion, Ma Long and his compatriot Shiwen Liu remain number one ranked male and female players in the world, respectively.
Quadr sets new African record
Prior to being named the 2014 ITTF Star Player, Quadri in Dusseldorf, Germany became the first African to make it to the quarterfinal stage of the ITTF World Cup and since then, his world rating has continued to soar.
At the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, he played his heart out beating some of the world’s best including former world number one, Germany’s Timo Boll to make it to the last eight of the Olympic Games as the first African to attain such height in Table Tennis.
Egypt’s Omar Assar remains Africa’s number two.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
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