Segun Moses Toriola

Segun Moses Toriola

Table Tennis

Segun Moses Toriola is the youngest of nine brothers He began playing table tennis at age five. Since 1995 he has been ranked as the best Nigerian player. He has been amongst the top table tennis players in Africa since the mid-1990s. Ranked number 1 in Africa from 1998 to June 2008, when Egyptian Eli Saleh Ahmed became the leading African table tennis player. However, since 2009, Toriola has again been the number 1 in Africa. Renowned for his unusual style of forehand play, which makes him an awkward opponent for many. Despite lacking good footwork has an excellent topspin, which has allowed him to pull off many upsets with top world players.

Date of Birth: 18 Septmeber, 1974

Place of Birth: Ilorin

His biggest achievement at the Olympics has been reaching the Men’s Singles 1/16 final at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, beating amongst others former world number 1 Jean-Michel Saive as well as David Zhuang. Toriola made history as the first African athlete to qualify for 7th Olympic games. Toriola sealed his place at the Rio Olympics after recording a big win in his qualification event held in Khartoum, Sudan. The vastly experienced Nigeria table tennis player defeated Mawussi Agbetoglo of Togo by four straight sets of 11-7, 12-10, 11-9, 11-6.

    Medal Record

    All-Africa Games
    Gold medal – first place 1995 Harare Singles
    Gold medal – first place 1995 Harare Doubles
    Gold medal – first place 1995 Harare Team
    Gold medal – first place 1999 Johannesburg Singles
    Gold medal – first place 1999 Johannesburg Doubles
    Gold medal – first place 1999 Johannesburg Mixed Doubles
    Gold medal – first place 1999 Johannesburg Team
    Gold medal – first place 2003 Abuja Singles
    Gold medal – first place 2003 Abuja Doubles
    Gold medal – first place 2003 Abuja Team
    Gold medal – first place 2007 Algiers Singles
    All-Africa Games
    Gold medal – first place 2007 Algiers Doubles
    Gold medal – first place 2011 Maputo Mixed Doubles
    Silver medal – second place 2003 Abuja Mixed Doubles
    Silver medal – second place 2007 Algiers Team
    Silver medal – second place 2011 Maputo Team
    Bronze medal – third place 2011 Maputo Doubles
    Commonwealth Games
    Gold medal – first place 2002 Manchester Singles
    Gold medal – first place 2006 Melbourne Doubles
    Bronze medal – third place 2002 Manchester Team
    Bronze medal – third place 2006 Melbourne Singles
    Bronze medal – third place 2006 Melbourne Team
    African Championships
    Gold medal – first place 1992 Lagos Doubles
    Gold medal – first place 1992 Lagos Mixed Doubles
    Gold medal – first place 1992 Lagos Team
    Gold medal – first place 1994 Cairo Doubles
    Gold medal – first place 1994 Cairo Team
    Gold medal – first place 1998 Port Louis Singles
    Gold medal – first place 2002 Bizerte Singles
    Gold medal – first place 2002 Bizerte Mixed Doubles
    Silver medal – second place 1992 Lagos Singles
    Silver medal – second place 1994 Cairo Singles
    Silver medal – second place 2002 Bizerte Doubles
    Silver medal – second place 2002 Bizerte Team
    Bronze medal – third place 1998 Port Louis Doubles
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