3 Nigerians log records at Rio Olympic

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Aruna Quadri: First African quarter-finalist at Olympics tennis
Aruna Quadri among record setter-Nigerians :  First African quarter-finalist at Olympics tennis

By Tony Nezianya/ NAN editor in Rio de Janeiro

At least three of the many Nigerian athletes in the ongoing Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games have  created records of sorts that will be cherished in a longtime to come.

The trio with records are two table tennis stars, Segun Toriola and Aruna Quadri as well as Rower, Chierika Ukogu .

The 41 year-old Toriola had his 7th appearance in the current Games, equalling the table tennis record. This has made him the most capped African Olympian.

Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri set another continental record after the 2014 ITTF star became the first African to reach the quarterfinals of men’s singles event at Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Ukogu on the other hand, qualified for top classification in the rowing event in Rio.

She is Nigeria’s first ever rower in the Olympics to have got that far, placing fifth in the third quarter final of the Women’s single sculls after clocking a time of 7:54.44 secs.

She will now participate in the semi finals C/D 1 event on Wednesday. This is the 23-year-old’s first ever appearance in the Olympics.


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