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Samuel Takyi settles for bronze as Paul Amoah misses 200m final

BY: Maurice Quansah
Takyi (left) and Duke slugged it out in the ring

Olympic featherweight boxer, Samuel Takyi, will settle for bronze after losing 1-4 to American Ragan Duke in their semi-final bout staged this morning at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan Hall in Tokyo.

The Ghanaian, who became Ghana’s first Olympic medallist since 1992, started the fight with the same ferocity as against previous opponents but was tamed by the pin-point punches of the American, who has already recorded four wins as a professional boxer.

Takyi rallied to take the second round with some combinations, but Ragan held his own to dominate again.

In the third and final round, both boxers sparringly threw punches around and exchanged powerfully.

However, Takyi’s efforts were not enough to convince the judges who gave the verdict to Ragan to advance to the final to wrest for the gold.

Despite this, Takyi will grab the bronze for qualifying to the semi-final. The medal is the fourth for Ghana in boxing at the Olympic Games.


Takyi joins the illustrious group of Clement Quartey (1960 silver), Eddie Blay (1964 bronze) and Prince Amartey (1972 bronze).

In athletics, Joseph Paul Amoah failed to qualify for the men’s 200m final after recording a time of 20.27secs behind Erriyon Knighton of the United States, Rasheed Dwyer of Jamaica and Divine Oduduru of Nigeria.