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Tokyo 2020: Samuel Takyi secures Ghana’s first Olympic medal in 29 years

Tokyo 2020: Samuel Takyi secures Ghana’s first Olympic medal in 29 years

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Boxer Samuel Takyi has won Ghana’s first Olympic medal since the men’s football team won bronze at the 1992 Games in Barcelona.

Takyi won his featherweight quarter-final 3-2 on points over Colombia’s Ceiber David Segura to guarantee himself at least a bronze medal in Tokyo.

The 20-year-old will now face the USA’s Duke Ragan on Tuesday in the semi-finals, with the winner going on to fight for the gold medal and the loser settling for bronze.

Three of Ghana’s four Olympic medals have come in boxing with Clement Quartey winning a silver in 1960, Eddie Blay, and Prince Amartey claimed bronzes at the 1964 and 1972 Games respectively.

Takyi’s medal will be the only one for Africa in men’s boxing in Tokyo.

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