Ghanaian boxer, Samuel Takyi, ended Ghana’s 29 year wait for an Olympic medal after victory against Colombia’s David Avila Ceiber in the featherweight division of the Olympic boxing event in Tokyo.
The 20-year old defeated 32-year old Columbian, David Ceibar in the quarter-finals with a spirited come-from-behind to secure a 3-2 scoreline on all the 5 judge’s scorecards.
The fight was a close-fought one as the Columbian managed to win the first round of the bout with Takyi coming back to win the other two rounds.
Samuel moves on to the semi-finals to battle for a place in the finals for a gold medal or silver medal. In boxing at the Olympics, both losing semi-finals are awarded bronze medals, meaning Takyi will get a medal irrespective of the outcome of his semi-final fight.
It is Ghana’s first Olympic medal since the Black Meteors won bronze at the 1992 games in Barcelona.
Samuel Takyi becomes the fourth Ghanaian athlete to get his hands on a medal after Clement Quartey’s Silver Medal in 1960, Eddie Blay’s Bronze Medal in 1964 and Prince Amartey’s Bronze Medal in 1972.
Samuel Takyi’s win has also attracted praises from the public on social media congratulating him.