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CWG: Nigeria loses tennis bronze medal to England

Team Nigeria’s quest for a medal in the men’s team table tennis at the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham came to an end after losing their third-place game to England at the NEC Table Tennis Show Court 1, Hall 3 on Tuesday.

Nigeria lost 3-0 to England to miss out on the bronze medal.

Having lost to India 3-0 in the semi-final on Monday, Nigeria faced England with the hope of picking up the consolatory bronze medal but found their English opponents too strong.

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In the men’s double, the duo Bode Abiodun and Olajide Omotayo lost 11-6, 11-7, and 11-7 to Tom Jarvis and Paul Drinkhall while Quadri Aruna lost 11-9, 9-11, 12-10, and 11-6 to Liam Pitchford in the men’s single.

Team Nigeria’s hope of mounting a comeback proved abortive after Omotayo in his single game against Drinkhall lost 11-4, 11-2, and 11-4.

The defeat means the legendary pursuit of a Commonwealth Games gold medal will be put on hold until actions resume in the single, double, and mixed double events.

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