The sterling performances of Aruna Quadri at the Rio 2016 Olympics has rubbed positively on him in the latest world rankings released on Tuesday.
Ranked 40th before the Rio Games in Brazil, Quadri’s heroic performance has now seen him rise to the 25th position in the world.
That is the highest by an African player as the next after Quadri is in distant 55th position.
Quadri put up an outstanding display in Rio against some of the world’s best, including former world number one, Germany’s Timo Boll.
He was the first and only African ever to make it to the quarter finals of the table tennis men’s single event at an Olympic Games.
Already listed among the top players that will compete at this year’s ITTF Men’s World Cup in Germany, Quadri will be aiming for another record breaking outing as he rubs shoulders with the world’s best.
Meanwhile, there was also upward movement on the latest rankings for veteran, Segun Toriola.
Toriola, who made his seventh Olympic Games appearance at Rio, jumped from the 120th spot to 106th position in the world.
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