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Tokyo 2020: Akufo-Addo hails Samuel Takyi for 'hoisting high the flag of Ghana'

By Vincent Ashitey
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 President Akufo-Addo has hailed boxer Samuel Takyi for hoisting high the flag of Ghana at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The President in a tweet sent a congratulatory message to Samuel Takyi for becoming Ghana's first Olympic medal in 29 years.

"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."

Ghanaian boxer, Samuel Takyi, won bronze in the men’s boxing featherweight division at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics after he lost his semi-final fight to American Duke Ragan on Tuesday.

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By winning bronze, the twenty-year-old ended Ghana’s 29 year wait for an Olympic medal, with the country’s last medal coming at the Barcelona 1992 games.

Samuel Takyi will receive $3,000 as bonus package from the sports ministry after winning bronze in the Olympics men’s featherweight.

The medal is also the fourth at the games for Ghana in the boxing event, with Takyi joining the illustrious group of Clement Quartey – 1960- Silver, Eddie Blay – 1964- Bronze and Prince Amartey – 1972 – Bronze, as the only men to ever win Ghana an individual Olympic medal.