African Games table tennis champion Olajide Omotayo has risen to become the 81st ranked player in the newly released October 2019 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) world rankings.
Omotayo was ranked 122nd in the world before the 2019 African Games, but his victory in Morocco has seen him move 41 places – his career’s biggest leap, making him one of the highest movers in the latest ranking.
He has also become the third-best African player in the men’s category, displacing Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh who dropped to fourth place on the African standings.
Compatriot Aruna Quadri retained his spot as the 19th best-ranked player in the world, a position he has held for consecutive months. Quadri’s arch-rival, Egypt’s Omar Assar, remains the second-best African player, moving ten places up to become the 34th ranked player in the world.