Table Tennis secures Nigeria first medal at the Commonwealth

Table Tennis secures Nigeria first medal at the Commonwealth

Nigeria settled for a silver medal after losing 0-3 to India in the men’s Table Tennis event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

In the opening match, Bode Abiodun lost to Achanta Sharath 11-4, 5-11, 4-11, 9-11 as India took the lead.

Veteran Player, Segun Toriola had a good start in the first set, winning 12-10 against Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, but the Indian player recovered to win the 2nd to 4th set; 11-3, 11-3, 11-4 in the second game.

India’s Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Harmeet Desai teamed up against Nigeria’s Omotayo Olajide and Bode Abiodun 3-0 (11-8, 11-5, 11-3) to hand over the title to India  on Monday.

Earlier, Nigeria beat England 3-2 in the an epic semifinal clash. Africa’s number two man Aruna Quadri was on the bench due to a brief illness which Bode Abiodun was the hero of the west African country over their English counterpart in the semi final.

Nigerians celebrate the win over England in the semi/final

Paul Drinkhall got England to a fine start after beating Africa’s number five ranked player Segun Toriola in the first game, but the Nigerian number two man came back to win the second and the third games respectively.

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