Paralympic Games: Nigeria record first tennis win
Nigeria’s Tajudeen Agunbiade defeated Yi Qing Zhao of China 3-2 to record first win in the table tennis event of the ongoing 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo on Thursday.
Agunbiade outclassed Yi 3-2 (11-7 11-5 7-11 6-11 11-5 ) in Group B Class 9 played at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium to cart away the top prize.
Meanwhile, other Nigerian athletes in table tennis events lost their matches.
Isau Ogunkunle lost 3-2 to Maxime Thomas of France in their group Class 4. He lost 11-8 5-11 13-11 6-11 7-11 in a group F of the men’s singles Class 4.
Olufemi Alabi lost 0-3 (9-11 8-11 6-11) to Joel Coughlan of Australia in a Class 10 Group C action.
Faith Obazuaye also lost 0-3 (6-11 5-11 9-11) to Xiaojing Zhao of China in women’s singles in class 10 Group C.
Ogunkunle Isau in his second game went on to lose 1-3 (7-11 7-11 11-7 9-11) to Mohammed Saleh in Egypt in class 4 Group C.
The 2020 Tokyo Paralympics which started on August 24 is expected to end September 5.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to correct the initial headline that Tajudeen Agunbiade won the first gold for Nigeria. He recorded the first win to advance to the quarter-finals. We regret the error.
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