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Quadri Aruna and Hana Goda Claim Singles Titles at 2023 ITTF African Table Tennis Championships

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Tunis, September 18, 2023 – The 2023 ITTF African Table Tennis Championships concluded in Tunis with a display of remarkable talent and historic achievements. Quadri Aruna of Nigeria and the young prodigy Hana Goda of Egypt emerged as the singles champions in the men’s and women’s categories, respectively.

Aruna’s Eighth African Title

Three-time Olympian Quadri Aruna solidified his status as one of Africa’s greatest table tennis players by clinching his eighth African table tennis title in dominant fashion. The Nigerian top seed retained his men’s singles title with a commanding 4-0 victory over Ahmed Saleh of Egypt. Aruna displayed his prowess with a scoreline of [11-2, 12-10, 11-6, 11-6] at the same venue where he narrowly missed his direct qualifying spot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Reflecting on his victory, the 35-year-old Aruna expressed his joy and the significance of this triumph, saying, “I am happy with the title because I have a good and bad memory of Tunis, having got injured here during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualification.” Aruna’s victory serves as redemption for the challenges he faced in Tunis and provides closure to a difficult chapter in his career. He further added, “This win will remain with me for a long time. I am happy and I look forward to the next challenge.”

Aruna’s victory in Tunis adds to his already impressive list of achievements, including securing three African singles titles since 2018, winning doubles three times, and emerging victorious in two team events. His dominance in African table tennis continues to inspire aspiring players across the continent.

Hana Goda’s Historic Feat

In the women’s final, 15-year-old Egyptian sensation Hana Goda etched her name in history once again by becoming the youngest-ever singles champion in African table tennis. The two-time Africa Cup winner faced her compatriot and seven-time African gold medalist, Dina Meshref, in a thrilling contest. Goda showcased her exceptional talent with a 4-1 victory, displaying a scoreline of [11-7, 11-4, 13-11, 8-11, 11-4].

Hana Goda’s remarkable journey began last year when she secured gold at the ITTF-Africa Cup at just 14 years old, making her the youngest-ever table tennis champion in Africa. Her victory over the experienced Meshref marked her third win over her idol at the continental level, solidifying her status as a rising star in African table tennis.

Speaking about her historic achievement, Goda expressed her gratitude for the support from Tunisian fans and her determination to cherish this victory. She emphasized her desire to take her success “step by step” and prove that she deserves her place among the sport’s elite.

In May 2022, Hana Goda made headlines by becoming the youngest-ever senior continental cup winner after triumphing at the ITTF-Africa Cup in Lagos. Her consistent and exceptional performances continue to inspire young talents across Africa and beyond.

The 2023 ITTF African Table Tennis Championships will be remembered for the exceptional talent displayed by Quadri Aruna and the historic achievements of Hana Goda. These victories serve as a testament to the immense potential and bright future of African table tennis. As both champions continue to make their mark on the sport, they inspire the next generation of table tennis stars, leaving an indelible legacy in the world of sports.

Reference:

https://olympics.com/en/news/quadri-aruna-hana-goda-singles-titles-2023-ittf-african-championships

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