Commonwealth Games: Jessie Lartey gets first Ghana medal

Source: Ghana|Joy Sports

Finally, there’s a medal for Ghana at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia and it came from a likely source.

Jessie Lartey picked bronze in the 64kg light welterweight division despite his controversial defeat to Canada’s Thomas Blumenfeld at the Oxenford Studios. Per the judges’ score, Lartey lost all five rounds – 30-27, 29-28; 30-27, 30-21,30-27.

However, Lartey’s performance in the division tied him at third place together with England’s Luke McCormack who lost to Namibian Jonas Jonas in the second semifinal bout.

With two days to go, Lartey’s win means Team Ghana has equalled its best record of clinching a bronze medal at Glasgow Games in 2014.

In comparison, West African neighbours Nigeria is the highest placed West African team in 10th place having amassed 16 medals, comprising six gold, five silver and five bronze.

Meanwhile, Ghana is tied in 33rd place alongside Cameroon, Cook Islands, Dominica, Malta, Norfolk Island and the Solomon Islands.

South Africa is the highest ranked African team with a total of 34 medals – 12 gold, 10 silver and 12 bronze followed by Nigeria, Uganda (two gold and two bronze) and Kenya (one gold, three silver and four bronze).

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