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Déjà vu as Segun Toriola Makes History With Seventh Olympic Games Appearance.

Staff Reporter

2016-02-18 16:50:02.

In what may seem déjà vu to Segun Toriola, is actually a reality. Nigeria’s most experienced table tennis player in over ten years, Toriola will make a record seventh Olympic Games appearance at Rio 2016.

His feat comes after qualifying from the ITTF-African Rio 2016 Qualification event held today in Khartoum, Sudan.

The four time All-African Games champion is set to write himself into the annals of African sporting history with his Rio 2016 appearance, the most by an African in any sport.

Toriola who could not hold back his thrill after achieving the astounding feat said he is “excited about this achievement.”

Since making his Olympic debut back at the 1992 Barcelona Games, Toriola states further: “I never thought I could be playing a seventh Olympic Games in my career.”

“I am honoured that I made history as the African to achieve this feat," Toriola said in his statement.

Tournament favourite, Segun Toriola disclosed he felt a lot of pressure while playing his opponents from start. "It was a little difficult for me because I played under a lot of pressure, I was the favourite for this tournament, and I had to be cautious in my games as most of the players wanted to beat me.” He adds that he worked on his psyche so as not to be a smug and therefore, lose concentration. “I ensured I was not too confident in all my matches and play them carefully," Segun Toriola said.

"I am glad that I made it and I hope now to focus on the preparation for Rio, which is very vital for me!"

Defeating Togo’s Mawussi Agbetoglo With the 41-year-old's 11-7, 12-10, 11-9, 11-6, 41 year old Toriola, joins table tennis legends Jorgen Persson (Sweden), Jean-Michel Saive (Belgium) & Zoran Primorac (Croatia) in an elite group of players who have played at seven Olympic Games.

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