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#RioOlympics2016: Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri emerges first African to qualify for Quarterfinals in Men’s single table tennis event



Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri has set a new African record as the first African ever to make it to the quarterfinals of the men’s single table tennis event at the Olympics.

Quadri was at par with Nigeria’s Segun Toriola who has been in seven Olympic games, and made it to the fourth round of the 2008 Beijing Olympic championship.

Quadri beat Germany’s Boll Timo, 4-2 to advance to the quarterfinals of the game.

Quadri won the first three sets 12-10 12-10, 12-5 in 10 minutes, and lost the next two to Timo, who is ranked number 10 in Rio, 11-3, 11-5.

Quadri sealed his entry into the quarterfinals by winning the sixth set 11-9.

He will now face world number one, China’s Ma Long.

Congrats Quadri. Go for Gold!


  1. Psalm

    August 8, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    The power in that picture. Hope I’m not the only one it got to.
    Go Aruna!

  2. Miss Mo

    August 9, 2016 at 3:10 am

    Congratulations. Well done. Make us proud.

  3. Kiiki

    August 9, 2016 at 4:55 am

    Aruna for the win!!!! ??????????

  4. Adio_Braimoh

    August 9, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Gbayii Aruna! More power to your elbow. Don’t relent dude, more wining energy. My wishes! #TeamNigeria #TeamAruna

  5. Iyun

    August 9, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Go Aruna!!! wish you the very best

  6. shield

    August 9, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Yass! Go Nigeria! Go Aruna! Make greater history!

  7. yemite

    August 9, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Bravo Man!!! U’ve done well jst put more effort n make us proud. May Allah favour continue on u n other Nigerians representing us in d Olympic. Amin!.

  8. chacha

    August 9, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Nice… buh going to battle with a China ma. hmm, hope d ball will not multiply into 1000 during d battle?? Jst saying

  9. nkechi

    August 9, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Wow man! Nigeria is very proud of you. Go for gold, God is with you. Halla!

  10. N. M.

    August 9, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Go for Gold Aruna……..

  11. Peaches77

    August 9, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Good job Man!

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