Nigeria’s Edem climbs seven places in the latest table tennis world ranking

Written by on August 6, 2021

Nigeria’s Offiong Edem and Egypt’s Omar Assar made were Africa’s biggest movers in the latest International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) ranking.

The rankings released on Wednesday saw both players shine following their respective performances in the singles events of the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The Nigerian and the Egyptian have been listed among the biggest movers in the latest listing, as Edem moved from 123rd to 116th in the world while Assar went from 43 to 36.

Edem gained seven steps up the ladder to solidify her place as the third-best African player in the world behind Egypt’s duo of Dina Meshref and Yousra Helmy who were ranked 37 and 101 respectively in the latest world rating.

Edem who competed in her third Olympic Games started her campaign from the first round of the women’s singles where she defeated highly-rated Hungarian Dora Madarasz 4-2 before being edged out by American Lily Zhang 4-1 in the second round.

At Tokyo, she remains the only Nigerian to record a win while the likes of Quadri Aruna, Olajide Omotayo, and Olufunke Oshonaike failed to win their matches to advance to the next round of the singles event in Tokyo.

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