It was a day of mixed fortunes for Nigeria in table tennis on Saturday as its women crashed out of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Olufunke Oshonaike, who a
day earlier had won her preliminary round game failed to advance further
later in the day as she lost to her Italian opponent in the first
Both Oshonaike and Offiong Edem had been drawn to play in
the preliminary round of the event on its opening day.
success against her opponent, Neda Shahsavari of the Islamic Republic of
Iran in the morning at the Excel – North Arena 1, winning 4-3 in a
After losing the opening game 11-13, she braced
up to the challenge to win the next two games 11-8 for a 2-1 lead.
her 25-year-old opponent rallied back to draw level with an 11-9 win,
for a ding-dong affair that saw Oshonaike going 3-2 up with an 11-4 win
and the Iranian drawing level with an 11-5 win.
36-year-old closed the game with an 11-3 win and advance to the first
Edem on her part while playing later at the same venue failed
to stand toe-to-toe with her Egyptian opponent to lose 2-4 after a
six-game match that stretched over 27 minutes.
Dina Meshref won 11-5, 2-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-6, 11-3, after 25-year-old
Edem failed to take her chance in their fifth game.
could not keep up the momentum she had in the morning as she lost 0-4 to
39-year-old Chinese-born Tan Wenling of Italy in their first round
pairing later in the afternoon.
She lost 7-11, 5-11, 10-12, 1-11
in a 20-minute game to keep out Nigerian women from the competition.
the men’s singles, Segun Toriola had also raised Nigerian hopes by
winning his preliminary round match against 20-year-old Andre Ho of
He came from a set down to win 4-1 after 37 minutes, with
a scoreline of 9-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-5, 12-10 and he was up against
Swede Jorgen Persson later in the day in the first round.
also a good day at the office for Quadri Aruna, Nigeria’s second male
entrant in the event and who had drawn bye into the first round.
23-year-old took his chances against his older opponent to win 4-2 after
35 minutes and advance into the second round.
After a 6-11
opening loss, he reversed the scores in the second game, lost 11-3 in
the third, won at 13-11 at the rubber in the fourth for a 2-2 draw after
He then went a gear higher to win the next two games
11-8, 11-6 and won a place in Sunday’s second round against Turkey’s