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Gold Coast 2018: Quadri happy with ‘golden’ silver



Gold Coast 2018: Quadri happy with ‘golden’ silver

Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri has said that he was satisfied with his silver medal outing at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games that took place in Australia despite just falling short of the ultimate prize. Quadri was aiming to emulate the feat of his legendary compatriot, Segun Toriola who won the Commonwealth title in 2002 but fell to Singapore’s Gao Ning 4-2 having come from 2-0 down to level the match at a point against the twotime silver medalist.

The Asian won 11-7,11-8, 5-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-5. Ning, 35, had also edged out Quadri in the round of 16 at the last Commonwealth Games in 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland but this time the Nigerian seeded number one gave a good account of himself on his way to the final.

The final being the last match in the table tennis event of the games brought out the best in the two players with Quadri making excessive use of his powerful shot while the skillful play by the Asian star was what saw him through the explosive encounter. “Not the result that I wanted but I am still very satisfied with my performance and silver is better than bronze.

It is golden for me,” a satisfied Quadri said. “I want to say thank you to the best club in the world – Sporting Clube de Portugal for giving me the opportunity to represent my country in Australia “And to all the people cheering and supporting me, I want to say you are all well appreciated. To my prayer warriors, I am saying thanks for the unlimited support.” Quadri also commended his wife for the role he played in making sure he featured at the Games as he was ill days to the start of the games. He is scheduled to return to Portugal and face the next challenge which is a quest for a Portuguese League semifinal.


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