The seven-time Olympians, Olufunke Oshonaike and Olajide Omotayo were excluded yesterday from the table tennis event of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games played at the Metropolitan Gymnasium.
Oshonaike, who was not up to her opponent, American Liu Juan, was heavily beaten 11-7, 11-3,11-4.13-11, 11-4. She had succumbed to the firepower of the American in the preliminary round of the women’s singles table tennis event.
Omotayo, who was playing in the first round of the men’s singles of match number 17, also suffered a huge loss at the hands of Portuguese Tiago Apolonia, who beat him in 11-7, 11-9, 11-6, 11- 5 to bow out. of the Olympic Games.
However, Edem Offiong made the Nigerians smile yesterday, as she dominated her opponent, the Hungarian Dora Madarasz 4-1 in 11-8,11-9,11-9,9-11,11-4 to register the The country’s first victory in any event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Speaking about her loss to the American, Oshonaike said, “I just lost, I’m supposed to be a little sad, but I’m happy we can be here at the Olympics. This is the spirit of the Games, we lose or we win but we are all Olympians, “said Oshonaike, adding that” Paris 2024: I will be there, but as a spectator “.
Meanwhile, in the rowing event, Nigeria’s Esther Toko failed to reach the quarter-finals of the women’s single sculls singles event, having finished fourth in the second round of the repechage with a time of 9: 07.54.
Toko had to at least finish in the top two of her streak to secure a passage to the quarterfinals, but it would be a valuable experience for the young Nigerian rower who is in her first Olympics and is expected to return for Paris 2024.