Rio 2016: ITTF Honours Seven-Time Olympian Toriola

By James Agberebi:

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has identified with the record to be set by former African champion, Segun Toriola, at Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

Making his debut in Barcelona 1992 Olympics, Nigerian veteran Toriola will be making his seventh appearance at the games in Rio, the most by any African athlete in any Olympic sport.

He, alongside Aruna Quadri, Funke Oshinaike and Edem Offiong, will represent Nigeria at this year’s Olympics.

The media guide released by ITTF says: “Nigeria’s Segun Toriola will be playing his seventh Olympic Games in Rio, which is the most of any African athlete from any Olympic sport.”

“Sweden’s Jorgen Persson, Croatia’s Zoran Primorac and Belgium’s Jean-Michel Saive have played in seven Olympic Games, most of any table tennis player. Nigeria’s Segun Toriola will join them, as he plays his 7th Olympic in Rio,” it stated.

Toriola’s biggest achievement at the Olympic Games has been reaching the men’s singles quarter-final at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, beating amongst others former world number 1 Jean-Michel Saive as well as David Zhuang.

He eventually lost 4-3 to heavily favoured Oh Sang-Eun in the last eight.

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