- Nigeria’s Offiong Edem became the third table tennis player to crash out of Toyko 2020 Olympic Games
- The three-time Olympian suffered a 13-15, 11-2, 11-2, 11-8, 11-6 in the second round despite winning the first game.
- Edem has now joined her compatriots Olufunke Oshonaike and Olajide Omotayo on the spectators stand as they bow out of the competition early
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Nigeria’s Offiong Edem's hopes of winning a medal at this summer's Toyko Olympic Games has ended following her 4-1 defeat to Lily Zhang of the United States in the table tennis women’s singles event on Monday, July 26.
The 34-year-old started the game on a good note after winning the first game 15-13 but failed to maintain the momentum in the remainder of their encounter.
Zhang won the second game with a scoreline of 11-2 - same as the third game at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
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How the game ended
The American maintained her dominance with another 11-8 and 11-6 results in their fourth and fifth games as the game ended 13-15, 11-2, 11-2, 11-8, 11-6.
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Edem scaled through the first round, beating Hungary's Dora Madarasz 4-1 in her opening game but couldn't replicate her form against the US opposition.
According to reports from Making of Champions and PM News, the Nigerian representative squandered valuable points due to unforced errors which could have put the game at 10-9 with a chance to serve for 10-10 but Zhang knew anything could happen, made use of a timeout to stem the Edem’s rhythm.
The 34-year-old has now joined Olufunke Oshonaike and Olajide Omotayo on the list of Nigerians who have exited the competition, leaving just Quadri Aruna in the table tennis event.
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Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigeria's D'Tigers got their campaign for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics medal off on a losing note following their 84-67 defeat to Australia in their Group B opening encounter.
This is the second time the Australians are beating Coach Mike Brown's men in a couple of weeks after first facing off in a test game earlier this month.
The first quarter started on a balanced note as the two teams finished with 23 points apiece before the break, but they dropped momentum a bit in the second quarter with the Boomers winning with 20-17 points.
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