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Glasgow 2014: Ojo wins medal, pulls down shorts

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WHAT is it with table tennis and outlandish celebrations at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games?

Last week we were subjected to the sight of Team Scotland’s Gavin Rumgay giving himself a wedgie and showing off his boxer shorts after winning a point against Canadian opponent Pierre-Luc Theriault.

This week, Team Nigeria went several steps further after defeating India to secure a bronze medal in the Men’s team Table Tennis event on Monday.

The much-fancied India - who had suffered defeat at the hands of England in Sunday night’s semi-finals - had been tipped by coach Peter Engel to win three ping pong medals at the Games, but prospects look bleak, with the men’s team set to return empty handed.

World No 44 Sharath Kamal got India off to a good start against Nigeria, defeating 153-ranked veteran Segun Toriola, before Nigerian No 1 Aruna Quadri defeated Games debutant Harmeet Desai 11-7 11-8 9-11 11-5.

Toriola and Ojo Onaolapo combined to see off Desai and Anthony Amalraj, leaving Kamal - a three-times Commonwealth gold medallist - to play Onaolapo, ranked at 358 in the world.

However, the Nigerian shocked Kamal, meaning India have failed to win any table tennis medals since the sport’s introduction to the Games in 2002.

So what better way to celebrate than by pulling down your shorts (and thus exposing your underwear) while your team mates go crazy?

Step forward Ojo Onaolapo, who did precisely that.

Puts Rumgay’s celebration in the shade, doesn’t it?

 

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