In the men’s table tennis team competition at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, the United Kingdom, Team Nigeria secured a semifinal berth on Sunday.
An inspired Nigerian team, headed by Quadri Aruna, recovered from a slow start on Sunday at NEC Hall 3 to overcome Malaysia 3-2, securing a semifinal matchup against India on Monday.
Javen Choong and Qi Shen defeated Nigeria’s Bode Abiodun and Olajide Omotayo in the doubles competition 3-1. (6-11, 12-10, 12-10,11-7).
Chee Feng Leong of Malaysia fell 1-3 to Quadri Aruna (9-11, 11-6, 5-11, and 5-11) in the singles round, while Abiodun lost 0-3 against Qi Shen Wong. (10-12, 12 -14, 5-11)
In the third singles game, Leong lost 1-3 (8-11, 11-9, 7-11, 6-11) to Omotayo while the last game also saw Jave Choong succumb to Aruna 1-3 (11-7, 8-11, 5-11, 9-11).
Meanwhile, Edidiong Umoafia clinched a bronze medal for Nigeria in the men’s 67kg Weightlifting event earlier in the day.
Umoafia lifted a combined 290kg in “Snatch’’ as well as “Clean and Jerk’’ categories to get on the podium.
In the boxing event, Nigeria’s Adeyinka Benson defeated his Ghanaian opponent Abubakari Kwesi Quartey 3-2 in Round 16 of the men’s over 71kg-75kg Middleweight category.
Benson has progressed to the quarterfinals.
About 2022 Commonwealth Games
The 2022 Commonwealth Games, also referred to as Birmingham 2022 or the XXII Commonwealth Games, are an international multi-sport competition for Commonwealth of Nations participants that will also be held in Birmingham, England, from July 28 through August 8, 2022.