Ghana’s medal duck at the Olympic Games has finally ended as the nation secured its first medal in 29 years. Young boxer Samuel Takyi, despite his semifinal loss to American Duke Regan, won a bronze medal at the ongoing games in Tokyo.
Takyi was guaranteed a medal before the start of the fight after defeating Colombia’s David Avila Ceiber in the quarter-finals on Sunday. Ghana had only won four medals since the inception of the Olympic Games, of which three came from boxing.
Clement Quartey won Ghana’s first-ever medal at the Olympic Games by claiming silver in 1960, Eddie Blay and Prince Amartey also won bronze in 1964 and 1972, respectively for team Ghana.
Samuel Takyi didn’t even like boxing when he was younger, football was his thing, but when he slipped on the gloves for the first time it was game over for football and boxing was all that mattered.
He now joins the pantheon of Ghanaian Olympic boxing greats Clement Quartey, a light welterweight who won silver in Rome in 1960, Eddie Blay a bronze light-welterweight medallist from Tokyo in 1964, and Prince Amartey who made history in Munch 1972.