Toriola Qualifies For 7th Olympic Games

Former Africa’s number one table tennis player, Nigeria’s Segun Toriola has made history by qualifying for his seventh Olympic Games at the ITTF African Rio 2016 Qualification event held on Thursday in Khartoum, Sudan.

Toriola’s appearance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be the most by an African athlete writing his name into African sporting history.

After the amazing feat, the four-time All-African Games champion, who made his Olympic debut at Barcelona ’92 Olympic Games, said he was excited about the achievement as he never thought he could be playing a seventh Olympic Games in his career.

Toriola, who made history as the first African athlete to achieve such feat, said it was a little difficult to qualify for the Games slated for Rio since he was playing under pressure.

He added that as the tournament’s favourite he was being cautious since most of the ping pongers wanted to defeat him.

The Nigerian sensational table tennis player defeated Mawussi Agbetoglo of Togo in four straight sets of 11-7, 12-10, 11-9 and 11-6 to qualify.

He now joins table tennis legends Jean-Michel Saive of Belgium, Jorgen Persson of Sweden and Zoran Primorac of Croatia in an elite group of players who have played in seven Olympic Games.

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