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Tokyo 2020 Olympic officially came to a close yesterday, but the Summer Games will undoubtedly remain a happy ever after event for young, talented Ghanaian boxer – Samuel Takyi having enjoyed the Summer Games in Japan to its fullest.

Despite his supreme confidence and great leg movement in the ring, Takyi entered the Games as the least experienced boxer in the stables of the Black Bombers [Ghana’s amateur boxing team] which had the likes of Sulemana Tettey and Shakul Samed.

But it took Samuel Takyi to break the Olympic medal curse that had plagued his nation since the Barcelona 92 Games in Spain.

After losing the first round [9-10], the Discipline Gym Club boxer [Takyi] crawled back to defeat David Avila Ceiber of Colombia 3-2 in the men’s featherweight division at the Kokugikan Arena on Sunday, August 1, earning him a bronze and Ghana’s only medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Samuel Takyi – Tokyo 2020

Samuel Takyi has become the fourth Ghanaian boxer after Clement Quartey – 1960 [Silver], Eddie Blay – 1964 [Bronze], Prince Amartey – 1972 [Bronze] to win Ghana a medal at the Olympics.

He, however, crowned the Tokyo 2020 Games in a memorable fashion having been Africa’s sole athlete on the closing ceremony podium, standing beside IOC President [Thomas Bach] as he delivered his closing speech at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday, August 08, 2021.

“I represented #Africa at the closing ceremony of #TokyoOlympic2020,” the young Ghanaian boxer wrote after the closing ceremony via his twitter handle.

“Congratulations to all who won a medal, and to those who did not, better time will come for all. Representing our various nations comes with PRIDE as well,” Samuel Takyi added.

By James K. Attaglo Wilson

www.sports24ghana.com