By James Agberebi:
Nigeria's Aruna Quadri has climbed from No.40 to No.25 in the best table tennis world rankings by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The ranking was published by the table tennis governing body on Tuesday.
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.
Veteran Nigeria table 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 got to the quarter-finals at the Rio 2016 Olympics before losing to China's world No.1 Ma Long.
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.