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.