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Table Tennis: Egypt’s Omar Assar becomes highest-ranking African in history

Omar Assar becomes Africa's highest ranked table tennis player

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Egypt’s has jumped ten places in the latest monthly rankings released by the International Federation (ITTF) on Thursday.

Assar, who was crowned African Champion last October, has set a new African record after rising to the 21st place with 2528 points in the latest monthly ranking by ITTF.

The 26-year-old has earned a deserved progress following his brilliant performances in the Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour Platinum Austrian Open held in Linz, which saw him reach the quarter-finals of the World Tour.

Assar started his campaign by a seven-game match against Germany’s Patrick Baum (11-7, 5-11, 12-10, 11-9, 6-11, 7-11, 11-9) in the preliminary round before topping group 6 in the group stages with victories over Slovenia’s Deni Kozul and Sweden’s Elias Ranefur.

In the round of 16, Assar beat Kristian Karlsson of Sweden 4-2 (7-11, 9-11, 11-8, 12-10, 12-10, 11-7). The Egyptian champion then lost 4-1 (7-11, 13-15, 16-14, 4-11, 11-13) in the quarter-final to China’s Yan An, who was later defeated in the final by his fellow countryman Lin Gaoyuan.

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