Tokyo Olympics: Samuel Takyi finally receives bronze medal

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Samuel Takyi (red) of Ghana celebrates after the men's feather (52-57kg) quarterfinal match of boxing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 1, 2021. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)
Samuel Takyi (red) of Ghana celebrates after the men's feather (52-57kg) quarterfinal match of boxing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 1, 2021. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

Ghanaian boxing prodigy Samuel Takyi has finally received his bronze medal following his impressive display at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.

The 20-year-old boxer popularly known as “Ring Warrior” secured a bronze after getting into the semis of the 57kg Featherweight division after beating Colombian boxer Ceiber Avila in the quarter-finals.

Despite being outclassed by America’s Duke Ragan in the semis, Takyi grabbed Ghana’s first medal since 1992 when the Black Meteors secured bronze in Barcelona.

Takyi became Ghana’s fourth boxing medalist, ending Ghana’s 49 years drought in Olympic boxing after Prince Amartey won the bronze medal at Munich 1972.

Clement Quartey is the most successful Ghanaian boxer at the Olympics having won silver in 1960 while Eddie Blay also grabbed bronze in the 1964 games.

Takyi now has two medals in his grasp having won a bronze medal at the African Olympic Qualifiers in 2019 in Dakar, Senegal.

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