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

Nigerian Table Tennis legend Segun Toriola has been forced out of the men’s Singles at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, after succumbing to a knee injury while competing in the quarterfinals of the event.

Toriola who was a vital member of the men’s team which ended up winning Silver behind India, had to take charge and fill in the gap created by Aruna Quadri’s absence in the team event. Quadri, who is the highest ranked player in Gold Coast, had to sit out the team event due to ill health.

While competing at the Oxenford Studios on Thursday morning, Toriola who looked to be in pain with each movement, retired at 7-11, 5-9 against India’s Sathiyan Gnanasekaran.

Quadri is now the only Nigerian player left in the men’s Singles event and he advanced to the quarterfinals after coming from 5 points down to force a 12-10 win in the 5th game to close out the match 4-1 (11-5, 8-11,11-3,11-3,12-10) on Thursday morning.

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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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