Samuel Takyi has become the first Ghanaian to win a medal at the Olympic Games in 29 years after securing a 3-2 victory over Colombian David Ceiber Avila in the Men’s Feather (52-57kg) quarter final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena.
The 20-year-old outclassed his far more experienced opponent with breathtaking sharp reflexes, exuberance, talent and zeal as he cruised to victory and send the handful of Ghanaian contingent in the Tokyo ring into wild jubilation.
Back in Accra in the Discipline Gym, where the youngster harnessed his skills and talent, scores of Ghanaian boxing fans poured onto the streets at 3AM to celebrate his victory.
The victory over the Southpaw has become Ghana’s first medal win in boxing at the Olympics since Prince Amartey won bronze for the West African powerhouse in Munich 1972.
Takyi joins Ghanaian Olympic greats Clement Quartey, a light welterweight who won silver in Rome 1960, Eddie Blay a bronze light welterweight medallist from Tokyo 1964 and Prince Amartey who made history in Munch 1972.
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