The President was full of praise for the boxer for ending Ghana’s 29-year wait for a medal at the Olympics.
‘You hoisted Ghana’s flag high’ – Akufo-Addo congratulates Samuel Takyi for winning bronze
“Big congratulations to Samuel Takyi from all of us at home, for hoisting high the flag of Ghana at the Tokyo Olympics, and for winning a bronze medal, Ghana’s first Olympic medal in 29 years. Well done,” Akufo-Addo tweeted on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old secured the bronze medal after losing to Duke Regan in the men’s featherweight event, with the judges’ scoring the bout 4-1 in favour of his American opponent.
Takyi was guaranteed a medal before the start of the fight after defeating Colombia’s David Avila Ceiber in the quarter-finals on Sunday.
The young boxer made an impressive start to the semi-final bout against Regan and actually won the first round.
However, he couldn’t replicate his opening performance in the remaining rounds, as the American secured a comfortable victory.
Meanwhile, Takyi has made history as the first athlete to win an Olympic medal for Ghana since 1992.
The West African nation had only won four medals since the inception of the Olympic Games, of which three came from boxing.
Clement Quartey won Ghana’s first-ever medal at the Olympics by claiming silver in 1960, Eddie Blay and Prince Amartey also won bronze in 1964 and 1972, respectively.
Takyi’s heroics in Tokyo, therefore, make him only the fifth Ghanaian (if you consider the Satellites as a collective unit) Olympic medalist.
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