Nigerian star, Fatimo Bello set a new record as she was crowned the women’s singles champion for the third consecutive time at the 2022 World Table Tennis Championships (WTTC) West Africa qualifiers, held at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.
Fatimo landed her third title, extending the record she already held at the competition. The nos one seed defeated her compatriot, Bose Odunsanya, a top seed with a classy performance (11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-5,11-4).
In the women’s team event, a record was set as Fatimo Bello led Nigeria Women’s team did not drop a set in all their matches to emerge as team event champions with 3-0 wins over Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, and Ghana.
She began her reign as the undisputable queen of West Africa Table Tennis in 2019 at the inaugural ITTF West Africa Challenge in Abidjan, beating compatriot – Tosin Oribamise 4-2 in the final, en route to the final, Bello set a new record as the as the only player that did not drop a game on her way to the claim the title
In 2021, she retained her women’s singles title after a comprehensive 4-0 (11-9, 11-7, 11-7, 11-9) over compatriot Aminat Fashola in an all-Nigerian final, she also won the women’s doubles title with Bose Odunsanya.
The four-day events, which started on the 19th ended on 21st, Saturday with Nigeria and Ghana qualifying for the 2023 ITTF World Championships taking place in the city of Durban , South Africa .
Now attention turn to the ITTF African Clubs Championship taking place at the same venue from 23rd -25th of May .