Ghana’s president, Nana Ado Dankwa Akufo Addo, has sent a congratulatory message to featherweight boxer, Samuel Takyi, for ending the country’s medal drought by winning Bronze at the Olympic Games. The 20-year-old ended Ghana’s 29-year wait for a silverware at the Olympic Games after finishing the competition with a bronze medal
The young pugilist started his quest for a medal with a unanimous victory over Caicedo Pachito of Ecuador before a split decision success over David Ceiber Avila. However, he was beaten by Duke Ragan, who prevented him from getting a silver or gold medal. Samuel Takyi becomes the fourth boxer from Ghana to win a medal at the Olympic Games, following the footsteps of Prince Amartey, Clement Quartey and Eddie Blay.
The 20-year-old disappointingly suffered a 4-1 defeat to Ragan after three rounds, but it was enough to end Ghana’s medal drought in 29 years. Takyi’s medal was confirmed by the Olympic Games in a tweet, meaning the boxer will be on the podium for the award ceremony.