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Samuel Takyi qualifies for the featherweight semi-finals, ensuring Ghana’s first medal.

Samuel Takyi qualified for the semi-finals of the boxing featherweight event at the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympics, ensuring Ghana’s first medal.

The 20-year-old boxer had to come from behind to defeat Colombian opponent David Avila Ceiber in a memorable triumph.

Takyi got off to a bad start in the fight, losing the first round 10-9 on all five judges’ scorecards.

The highly-rated pugilist, on the other hand, came back forcefully in the final round to win the battle.

Takyi is now guaranteed at least a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics after qualifying for the semi-finals of the boxing featherweight category.

He has a chance to win gold for his country if he makes it to the final, but even if he loses in the semi-final, he will be guaranteed bronze.

This is because there is no bronze medal match in the Olympic boxing event, hence both losing semi-finalists are awarded the bronze medal.

Meanwhile, following the Black Meteors’ exploits in capturing bronze at Barcelona 1992, Ghana has now had a 19-year wait for an Olympic medal.

Since the beginning of the Olympic Games, the West African nation had only won four medals, three of which were in boxing.

In 1960, Clement Quartey won Ghana’s first Olympic medal, silver, while Eddie Blay and Prince Amartey won bronze in 1964 and 1972, respectively.

Takyi, on the other hand, will be gunning for Ghana’s first Olympic gold when he faces American Duke Ragan in the semi-final on August 3.

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