Nigeria’s table tennis star, Quadri Aruna has become the first player from the African continent to be ranked in top 15 of the ITTF World Ranking.
The position erases Omar Assar’s record of world number 16 set by the Egyptian on January 2018.
In the Week 37 ranking released on September 14th by the world table tennis ruling body, Aruna who was runner’s up in the men’s singles of the Cameroon 2021 ITTF African Championships moved four steps up the ranking ladder to be rated 15 as the first African to attain such height in the world ranking.
Aruna’s unbeaten run came to an end in the final of the tournament in Cameroon when he lost 4-1 to Assar and for his performance, the former World Table Tennis Player of the Year gained ranking points to join the elite club in the world.
Also his partnership with Bode Abiodun won the men’s doubles in Cameroon and the duo has gained ranking points to be ranked 20th in the world by ITTF in the men’s doubles.
For emerging as the men’s singles champion in Cameroon, Assar gained eight steps up in the ranking to be rated 28th in the latest ranking.
Also, His Nigerian compatriot and African games champion Olajide Omotayo rose to 87th in the world rating.
In the women’s ranking, Nigeria’s Offiong Edem gained 12 steps to rise to 107 in the ranking.
Meanwhile, China’s duo of Fan Zhendong and Meng Cheng held on to the pinnacle of the ranking as the best rated players in the men and women rating in the world.