Tokyo 2020: Boxer Samuel Takyi wins Ghana's first Olympic medal in 29 years

Tokyo 2020: Boxer Samuel Takyi wins Ghana's first Olympic medal in 29 years

  • Ghanaian boxer, Samuel Takyi, has won his Olympic quarter-final to clinch a medal at Tokyo 2020
  • It makes it the first Olympic medal for a Ghanaian athlete in nearly three decades
  • The 20-year-old athlete will move on to the semi-final to face Ragan Duke from the United States

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Twenty-year-old Samuel Takyi has won his Olympic quarter-final to clinch a medal at Tokyo 2020, the first Olympic medal for a Ghanaian athlete in nearly three decades.

Takyi triumphed over Colombia's 32-year-old David Ceiber Avila, a far more experienced fighter, in the quarter-final, taking two of three rounds to send the Ghanaian contingent in the stands wild.

The Ghanaian athlete will move on to the semi-final where he'll face Ragan Duke from the United States. Duke eliminated Irish boxer, Kurt Walker, in his quarter-final bout, according to olympics.com.

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Tokyo 2020: Boxer Samuel Takyi wins Ghana's first Olympic medal in 29 years
Tokyo 2020: Boxer Samuel Takyi wins Ghana's first Olympic medal in 29 years. Image: Wilberforce Ebo Taylor
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Takyi has caused a sensation as The Golden Ring Warrior who has brought home the first Olympic medal since the football team won bronze at Barcelona 1992, said olympics.com.

Also, the first boxing medal since middleweight Prince Amartey, who took the bronze in Munch 1972.

Takyi joins ranks of Ghanaian Olympic greats Clement Quartey, a light welterweight who won silver in Rome in 1960, Eddie Blay a bronze light-welterweight medallist from Tokyo 1964, and Prince Amartey who made history in Munch 1972, said olympics.com.

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In a previous story, YEN.com.gh reported that Ghanaian sprinter Benjamin Azamati failed to progress to the semi-finals of the Men's 100-metres event.

Azamati runs a time of 10.13 seconds which saw him finish fourth behind Australian Rohan Browning, Jamaican Yohan Blake and Great Britains Chijindu Ujah.

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Benjamin Azamati will have a tough task on his hands, as he will go toe-to-toe with Jamaica's Yohan Blake who has won 4x100m gold medal and is a 100m silver medalist from London 2012.

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