Tokyo 2020: Boxer Samuel Takyi Wins Ghana's 1st Olympic Medal in 29 Years

Tokyo 2020: Boxer Samuel Takyi Wins Ghana's 1st 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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20-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
Source: UGC

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.

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

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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.

In a previous story, Briefly News reported that a heavyweight bout pitting Morocco's Youness Baalla and New Zealand's David Nyika was marked with bizarre scenes after the former attempted to bite the ear of his opponent.

Briefly News understands the Tuesday, July 27, incident happened during a hold in round three when Baalla, who was making his Olympics debut lost his cool and tried to bite off his opponent's ear.

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According to The Guardian, Nyika was fortunate enough to pull out in time before Baalla could chomp down on one of his most important body parts. Read more: https://briefly.co.za/105466-tokyo-olympics-moroccan-boxer-youness-baalla-disqualified-attempted-bite-opponents-ear.html

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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