A new record has been set by Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna after he became the first African player to be ranked in the top 15 in the latest International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) ranking.
In the September 14 Week 37 ranking released by the international body, Aruna who was runner’s up in the men’s singles of the Cameroon 2021 ITTF African Championships moved four steps up the ranking ladder to be rated 15 to become the first African to attain such height in the world ranking.
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He, therefore, erased Egypt’s Omar Assar’s record of world number 16 set in January 2018.
Quadri Aruna’s unbeaten run came to an end in the final of the tournament in Cameroon when he lost 4-1 to Assar and for his performance, the former World Table Tennis Player of the Year gained ranking points to join the elite club in the world.
In addition, Quadri’s partnership with Bode Abiodun won the men’s doubles in Cameroon and the duo has gained ranking points to be ranked 20th in the world by ITTF in the men’s doubles.
As of June 1, the poster boy of Nigerian table tennis was ranked as the 21st male player in the world.