By James Agberebi:
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), has hailed the performance of Nigeria's Aruna Quadri in the table tennis event of the just concluded Rio 2016 Olympics, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Quadri qualified for the quarter-finals before losing to world number one, Ma Long of China.
In the Rio 2016 Wrap Up published on the website of the world table tennis ruling body, Aruna was described as the African star of Rio.
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Also singled out for praise was Brazil's Hugo Calderano.
“The Men’s Singles event also featured fantastic performances from two players in particular: Hugo Calderano and Quadri Aruna. Calderano made full use of the home crowd advantage as the Brazilian negotiated the likes of Par Gerell and Tang Peng on his way to a round four finish,” ITTF said.
“Nigerian contestant Aruna Quadri caused arguably the biggest upsets in the category as the 27th seed beat Chuang Chih-Yuan (6th) and Timo Boll (10th) before eventually exiting to Ma Long in the last eight – becoming the first African to reach that stage of an Olympic Table Tennis competition.”
In the course of the 2016 Games, veteran, Segun Toriola, was honoured by ITTF, after appearing in his seventh Olympic Games.