Rio 2016 Olympics
Segun Toriola in Ping Pong action for Nigeria. Photo Credit: AFP

Making an unprecedented seventh appearance at the Olympic Games, Nigeria’s Segun Toriola dug deep to beat his Czech opponent Dmitrij Prokopcov 4-2 and advance to round 2 of the men’s Singles Table Tennis competition.

Toriola had to do it the hard way, losing the first game to Prokopcov by 11-8, but he picked himself up in the second and third games, taking a 2-1 lead with 11-6 and 11-8 respective wins.

However Prokopcov did not back out, rather he clawed his way back into the game to level it at 2-2 after winning the 4th game by 11-9. Toriola regrouped, then bounced back to steer clear in the 5th and 6th game which won 11-8, 11-8 to take the win.

On an evening his two compatriots, Olufunke Oshonaike and Edem Offiong lost out in the first round of their Singles events, Toriola fought hard to progress to next round. At 42, Toriola is still going strong and not playing like his best days are behind him.

Playing on Sunday, Aruna Quadri who is the highest ranked African didn’t compete in round 1, but would enter the competition in round 2 with his opponent yet to be decided.  Meanwhile, Toriola will face Japan’s Koki Niwa in round 2, also on Sunday.


Rio 2016 Olympics
Segun Toriola in Ping Pong action for Nigeria. Photo Credit: AFP

Athletics coverage was a discovery, having to move away from regularly writing about Football. Although it was initially daunting, but now being an authority in it makes the past effort worthwhile. From travelling on the same international flight with Nigerian athletes, to knowing you could easily interview: World Record holder Tobi Amusan, then Ese Brume, I have cut my teeth in this beat earning the trust of Athletics sources. Formerly the Content Manager-Sports at Ringier media Nigeria, Chris is a Senior Sports writer, Photographer & Community manager at Making of Champions.


  1. Congrats, being in #Rio# Olympic representing Nigeria has amount of kudos attached to it. Toriola mean business not to make number, weldone #TeamNigeria#


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