Aruna Quadri moved two steps up to number 20 in the latest International Table Tennis Federation ranking to become the top-ranked African player, gliding past Egyptian Omar Assar, who was previously in pole position in Africa.
Prior to this latest ranking, Quadri was ranked 22nd in June. With 10,234 points,Quadri beat Assar, who accumulate 10,233 points in the latest ranking, and has dropped from 17 to 21 in the rating.
It is the second time this year that Quadri will be breaking into the Top 20 in the world, having made the same spot in January 2018, the first Nigerian to achieve the feat.
China’s Fan Zhendong retained the No.1 spot in the world, for the first time in his career, for the fourth consecutive month.
However, for his country man, Ma Long, the reigning Olympic and world champion, it is a very different story; he drops from No.2 to No.6.
He is the fourth highest ranked player from the China. Lin Gaoyuan climbs from No.5 to No.3; Xu Xin drops one place to No.6.
It is the same fate for Germany. Timo Boll climbs two places and is now on the No.2 spot; Dimitrij Ovtcharov falls one rung down the ladder and now occupies the No.4 position.
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