The couple Ahmed Koleosho and Isau Ogunkunle did not reach the semifinals of their men’s team event of the table tennis competition on Tuesday at the Paralympics 2020 in Tokyo.
This was after the duo lost 0-2 to the French in the quarter-finals of the men’s team from grades 4 to 5 of the table tennis competition.
In their game at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, the Nigerian couple lost 3-2 in their first game against Florian Merrien and Nicolas Savant.
The duo won the opening set 11-5, lost the next two 9-11 and 4-11, before winning the fourth set 11-7 to take the game 2-2.
But they could only fight in the last set as they couldn’t stand up against their opponents’ courage to lose 10-12.
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In the second game, which was a singles, the French brought Maxime Thomas, who defeated Koleosho 3-2. It was a Ding-Dong affair, with Thomas winning 11-4, losing 11-13 before winning 11-7 again.
After losing 8-11 in the fourth set, the Frenchman stood firm to win 11-4 in the last set.
France’s 2-0 lead meant the third game Ogunkunle would have paired with Merrien was not required.
The Nigerian team of Ogunkunle and Koleosho had defeated the Argentine teams Gabriel Copola and Mauro Depergola 2-1 in the round of 16 the day before.
In doubles they won 3-0 (11-3 13-11 11-7) while Copola defeated Ogunkunle 3-1 (5-11 11-9 11-3 11-9) to reach the level of play.
Koleosho won the second individual 3-1 (11-3 5-11 13-11 11-5) against Depergola.
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