Quadri Aruna of Nigeria has retained his men’s singles title after beating Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh 4-0 (11-2, 12-10, 11-6, 11-6) in the final of the 26th ITTF African Championships in Tunis, the Tunisia capital on Sunday.
2019 African Games champion, Olajide Omotayo and Congo’s Idowu Saheed settled for bronze medals.
Aruna entered the final in style as he defeated his compatriot Olajide Omotayo 4-0 (12-10, 11-6, 11-9, 11-2) in the semi-finals while Saleh also recovered from a two sets deficit to outshine Congo’s Idowu Saheed 4-2 (12-14, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7) in the second men’s singles semi-final to book the final showdown with Aruna.
Aruna however made a lightwork of the Egyptian to win his third continental title. He won the second title last year in Algeria with a 4-3 nerve-wracking win against Egypt’s Omar Assar.
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Meanwhile, 15-year-old Hana Goda beat Dina Meshref 4-1 (11-7, 11-4, 13-11, 8-11, 11-4) to emerge champion of the women’s singles event.