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Nigeria’s last man standing in the Men’s Table Tennis Singles event at the ongoing Olympic Games in Brazil, Aruna Quadri secured a well-deserved 4-1 victory over Slovakia’s Yang Wang on Sunday evening at the Riocentro Pavilion 3.

The continent’s best player only resumed his Olympics action today, having secured a bye into Round 2 of the Men’s Singles. However he gave a good account of himself in the game, digging deep to dismiss the threat posed by the Slovakian.

Quadri won the first game 11-7, before going down by the same margin in the second. However he held fort, winning the next three games 11-7, 11-9 and 11-6 to advance to Round 3 of the competition.

Quadri will be excited by his performance tonight, considering that his London 2012 campaign ended in Round 2, after he succumbed to a 4-2 defeat in the hands of Turkey’s Bora Vang.

He will face Taipei’s Chih-Yuan Chuang by 9pm tonight.


Yemi Olus is a Senior Sports Writer and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games and IAAF World Championships. She has also freelanced for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and currently hosts a weekly Track and Field column in the Vanguard Newspaper.


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