GOLD COAST: Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna lost the final men’s singles table tennis game to Singapore’s GAO Ning to go home with the silver medal at the Oxenford Studios stadium on Sunday April 15, 2018.
Though the 29-year-old did not win the gold, but he showed character and bravery after losing 7-11, 8-11 in the first two sets of the game to Ning which led to the 2-0 lead.
Aruna bounced back with an 11-5, 11-3 win which leveled the game but it was the Singaporean who got the remaining two wins to grab the gold against a Nigerian athletes that had the burden of the country on his shoulder.
The pressure of winning put on Aruna snowballed into serious sweat after leveling up with the Singaporean by 2-2, he had to remove his jersey to get a new one before he could continue the fifth game.
More so, he proved to be a world-class player in the 5-4 lead he took in game 5, smashing profusely and converting strokes to stroke to fight his way back.
But it was GAO Ning who got the edge and finished up with 4 wins while the Nigeria had two wins. Though he won a silver, Aruna was gallant in defeat.