Nigeria Olympic veteran, Funke Oshonaike, got off to a winning start at Rio 2016 after she defeated Mariana Sahakian four sets to three in the preliminary round in day One in the table tennis event, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Oshonaike lost the first set 8-11 but bounced back to take the next three sets 11-9, 11-7 and 11-8.
Sahakian rallied back to win the next two sets 8-11 and 9-11 before Oshonaike finally won the last set 11-8.
The win sees Oshonaike advance into Round One where she will face Diaz Adriana from Puerto Rico later today.
Meanwhile, Nigeria's other representative in the women's event, Edem Offiong, also won after thrashing sally Yee of Fiji 4-0 to also move into Round One.