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Tokyo 2020: Samuel Takyi books quarter final spot in boxing

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Ghana’s Samuel Takyi defeated Ecuardo’s Jean Carlos Caicedo by a unanimous decision to advance to the last 8 of the boxing event at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 20 year old Takyi dominated the first and 3rd rounds to leave no doubt in the mind of the judges, taking the fight on all five judges’ scorecards in the men’s 52-57 Kg Featherweight fight.

The 20-year-old had a slow start to the bout but picked his rhythm after 30 seconds and took home the first round, with all five judges scoring in his favour.

Carlos Caicedo came back stronger in the second round of the fight and managed to score 4/5 from the judges.

Ghana’s Takyi, 20, would not budge and with some heavy punches, he took home the win to advance to the Round of 8 in the Tokyo Olympic Games.

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Polish Olympian auctions medal to pay for a baby’s heart surgery

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An Olympic silver medalist from Poland put her medal up for auction to help pay for an 8-month-old baby’s heart surgery, but the winning bidder turned the tables and let her keep it.Javelin thrower Maria Andrejczyk won one of her country’s 14 medals in Tokyo, and she was determined to help a stranger in some way, according to her Facebook page.

Andrejczyk, 25, discovered a fundraiser for little Miloszek Malysa, who suffers from a rare heart condition and will need surgery to survive. She decided to auction the medal and donate the money to Miloszek’s family.

Polish convenience store chain Zabka Polska ponied up 125,000 dollars as the winning bid, and then said in a Facebook post that it would let Andrejczyk keep the medal.

The fundraiser for Miloszek on a Polish GoFundMe-type site was more than 90-per-cent complete as of Tuesday night.

Andrejczyk finished fourth in the javelin competition at the Rio 2016 Olympics. In 2018, she was diagnosed with cancer, but battled back to win silver in Tokyo.

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Ghana secure 4x100m relay final spot with National Record

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Ghana’s men’s 4x100m relay team booked their spot in the finals of the men’s 4x100m relays with a blistering run in their heat that secured the quartet a new national record in the event.

The quartet of Sean Safo-Antwi, Benjamin Azamati, Emmanuel Yeboah and Joseph Paul Amoah, finished 5th in a very fast heat with a time of 38.08s.

But despite their 5th place finish, their time was fast enough to secure them a place in Friday’s final.

The Olympic debutants slashed 0.04s off the previous record which stood at 38.12s, set at the 1997 World Championships in Greece by the quartet of Abu Duah, Eric Nkansah, Aziz Zakari and Emmanuel Tuffour.

Safo-Antwi got off the blocks quickly before Azamati’s blistering run on the back straight set up Emmanuel Yeboah for a smooth bend.

When he handed off to Joseph Paul Amoah, Ghana looked in the mix of a very competitive field that included the United States, Canada, China and Italy but the Coppin State University student held on to finish ahead of the Americans who were fast closing in on him.

China won Heat 2; Italy, with the individual 100m champion Marcell Jacobs finished 2nd; and 200m champion Andre De Grasse powered Canada to a 3rd place finish to secure the automatic places.

Germany, who finished 4th, also booked their ticket along with 5th placed Ghana.

The men’s 4x100m final is slated for 13:50GMT on Friday.

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Tokyo 2020: Elaine Thompson-Herah completes sprint double after winning 200m final

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Elaine Thompson-Herah confirmed her place among the pantheon of sprint greats as she secured an unprecedented women’s 100m-200m double-double with a sensational victory over the longer distance in Tokyo.

The 29-year-old Jamaican surged home in 21.53 seconds, just .19 seconds off Florence Griffith Joyner’s long-standing world record, to back up her individual golds from Rio 2016.

It is the second-fastest time in history.

Trailing in her draft, Namibian teenager Christine Mboma, who was barred from her favoured 400m two weeks before the Games on account of her naturally high testosterone levels, took silver in 21.81.

Gabrielle Thomas, the American champion, took bronze in 21.87.

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