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Sport: Quadri slumps, Toriola leaps in latest ITTF world ranking

Quadri slumps, Toriola leaps in latest ITTF world ranking
Despite making it to the final of the 2015 African Games in Congo Brazzaville, Aruna Quadri slumped in the October ranking of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) while ageing Segun Toriola is among the players that leaped in their rating.
Quadri, who made his debut yesterday in the French League dropped from 43 to 45 but still maintains his status as top 50 in the world.
With his performance at the African Games, Quadri garnered 2270 points in October from the 2262 points he amassed in September, Quadri still plays second fiddle to Egypt’s Omar Assar who is now ranked 35 in the world from the 36 placed he was rated in September.
Having being removed from the ranking following his inactivity in the last six months, Toriola made a triumph return to the world ranking as the former African champion is now ranked 167 in the world.
Toriola’s giant stride was made possible following his 3-1 victory over Egypt’s Omar Assar in the men’s team final of the African Games.

Meanwhile, wins over China’s Zhang Jike in both the Men’s Team and Men’s Singles events at the recent Suzuki 2015 ITTF-Asian Championships in Pattaya, Thailand, sees Korea’s Jang Woojin make the most dramatic rise on the Men’s World Rankings.
The 20 year-old moves from a previous best of no 41 to a new career high of no.24, on a list that sees the very top remain the same.
China Ma Long remains at the pinnacle for 38th time in his career, being followed immediately by colleagues Xu Xin, Fan Zhendong and Zhang Jike.
Winner of the Men’s Singles event at the Liebherr 2015 ITTF-European Championships in Ekaterinburg, Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov retains his no.5 spot with Japan’s Jun Mizutani and Timo Boll, like Dimitrij Ovtcharov from Germany, once again the next in the order of merit.
Immediately below Marcos Freitas climbs one place to no.8, changing positions with China’s Fang Fo; next on the list is Chinese Taipei’s Chuang Chih-Yuan who changes places with Vladimir Samsonov of Belarus. Korea’s Jung Youngsik completes the top 12 moving two positions from his previous career high of no.14 one month ago.
The upward trend for Jung Youngsik, it is the opposite for Japan’s Koki Niwa formerly at no.12, is now at no.14.

Credit: TheNation

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