Segun Moses Toriola
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.
|1999 Johannesburg||Mixed Doubles|
|2011 Maputo||Mixed Doubles|
|2003 Abuja||Mixed Doubles|
|1992 Lagos||Mixed Doubles|
|1998 Port Louis||Singles|
|2002 Bizerte||Mixed Doubles|
|1998 Port Louis||Doubles|