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Aruna Quadri wins third ITTF title


Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri retained his men’s singles title at the 2023 ITTF African championship after beating Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh in a dominant display on Sunday in Tunis, Tunisia.

Quadri, ranked 18th in the world, did not drop a set against Saleh and won 11-2, 12-10, 11-6, 11-6. It was his third ITTF crown and second consecutive one after he defeated Omar Assar, his main rival from Egypt, in a thrilling comeback last year.

In the women’s singles final, Egypt’s teenage sensation Hana Goda upset her teammate Dina Meshref 4-1 to claim the title. Goda, only 15 years old, showed great composure and skill to overcome the experienced Meshref.

Nigeria also won gold in the women’s doubles event, as Funke Oshonaike and Fatimo Bello edged Cameroon’s Sarah Hanffou and Egypt’s Marwa Alhodaby 3-2 in a tense final on Saturday. Oshonaike, who is 47 years old, proved that age is just a number as she partnered with Bello to secure Nigeria’s first gold medal at the tournament.

However, Egypt dominated the other events and clinched the men’s and women’s team gold medals and the mixed doubles title. 

They also secured their spots at the Paris 2024 Olympics with their team victories. The mixed doubles title went to Omar Assar and Yousra Helmy, who beat Nigeria’s Oshonaike and Olajide Omotayo.

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