Oshonaike joins Toriola as Africa’s record Olympians - Punch Newspapers
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Fromliving in a single room in Shomolu, Lagos with nine siblings and parents, to gambling to provide extra money for her family, to becoming a global table tennis star, Funke Oshonaike’s career took a huge leap on Saturday, when she became the first African woman to appear at seven Olympics, after she played against American Juan Liu at the Tokyo Games.
Ranked 174, Oshonaike lost in five straight sets 11-7, 11-3, 11-4, 11-13, 11-4 to her opponent, who is ranked 450, to bow out.But she did bow out in style, as she entered the record books as the African female athlete with the highest appearances at the Olympics –seven.
She equaled the feat of compatriot and fellow table tennis player Segun Toriola in the process, as Africa’s record Olympians, having represented Nigeria at the previous editions of the Games in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.She’s also the first woman table tennis players to achieve the feat. headtopics.com
Despite her first round defeat, Oshonaike had been in cloud nine after her enviable feat and has been counting her blessings.I have mixed feelings, I don’t know what to feel right now because I did my best. I think Juan was better today (Saturday), that was why I lost,” Oshonaike said in Tokyo.
“But if I have to think about the fact that I have gotten another opportunity to be at the Olympics, it is a big privilege for me to be representing my country again. Read more: The Punch Newspapers »
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