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Nigerian teenager sets African record in Table Tennis

Fourteen-year-old Nigerian Table Tennis sensation, Usman Ishola Okanlawon, set an unprecedented record when he became the first African in history to win a silver medal in the ITTF WTT Youth Star contender series that was held in Tunis, Tunisia. 

This edition of the WTT World Youth star contender series was the first time that an African player went beyond the round of 16 stage. Okanlawon, who was born in 2007, got to the finals of the tournament thus becoming the first African U15 player to emerge second in the World Youth contender series and first overall in Africa in the U15 category.

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Okanlawon thanked his sponsors, Honourable Ahmed Khamisu, Aqua Gardens and Amazon Kayak for their support over the months promising to always remain focused in order to build on this achievement and reach higher heights. 

The current ITTF World Hope Table Tennis champion also thanked his mentor and former Nigerian international, Dapo Akiode, CEO, Hoffnung Sports Foundation for the encouragement and kits sponsorship and the entire Nigeria Table Tennis family ably led by Engineer Ishaku Tikon. 

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