Just like he set record as the first African to make the top 30 in the world, Rio Olympic Games quarterfinalist, Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri, has inscribed his name in the annals of history in the continent after leaping to 25th in the September ranking released by the International Table Tennis Federation on Tuesday.
Quadri was one of the stars at the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil after stunning the world to become the first African to play in the last eight of the games.
He amassed 152 points from his performance in Brazil to be ranked 25th in the world.
From 2305 points he had in the August ranking, Quadri now has 2457 points to become the first player in Africa to be rated in the top 25 in the world.
Apart from rising to 25, Quadri in the latest ranking was also listed among the most active players in the world based on his rise from 40th in August to 25th in September.
In the latest ranking, Olympic and World Champion, China’s Ma Long, held on to the zenith of the ranking again as the Asian star and his compatriot, Shiwen Liu, remain number one ranked male and female players in the world.