Segun Toriola on Sunday crashed out of the table tennis men’s singles second round event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after losing to Japan’s Niwa Koki, who is 22nd in the world rankings.
However, Aruna Quadri reached the third round in the event after beating Slovakia’s Wang Yang 4-1 in their second round fixture.
Quadri, 28, who is ranked 40th in the world, will now play Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan on Monday. The 35-year-old is ranked seventh in the world.
Toriola began his journey in the round one with a 4-2 win over Czech Republic’s Dmitrij Prokopcov, who is ranked higher than him, on Saturday. He however ended his campaign with the loss to Koki in 28 minutes.
The Nigerian took the first set of the match 11-9 but lost the second and third set 11-5, 11-7 before claiming an 11-4 win in the fourth set. Koki sealed victory with an 11-6, 11-1 win in the fifth and sixth set.
Funke Oshonaike and Offiong Edem lost in the women’s singles on Saturday. Oshonaike had defeated Sahakian Mariana of Lebanon 4-3 before losing 4-2 to Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz, while Edem defeated Fiji’s Yee Sally 4-1 before losing to 4-1 to Belarusian Pavlovich Viktoria.
The country will also compete in the men’s team, which begins on August 12, with the national team facing tournament favorites China in their first match of the event.
The men’s team has Toriola, Quadri and Bode Abiodun.
“I’ve played him (Koki) in the French League three times and I’ve lost every time,” Toriola told the International Table Tennis Federation’s official website on Sunday.
“Today I felt confident before the match, I played without any fear. My first attack was strong and he made mistakes, the main problem for me was that I made mistakes when playing short.”
He added, “If it’s possible for me to go to Tokyo 2020, why not? It’s good to play at the Olympics, it’s my seventh Olympics, but I always want to play more Olympics!”
Meanwhile, the ITTF said on Sunday it would honor Toriola for his record appearance at the Olympics.