Ghana won its first medal in the boxing event on day nine of competition at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
The medal was won by a member of the national amateur boxing team, Black Bombers, Jessie Lartey.
Lartey had lost through the judges unanimous decision, describing his semi-final performance with Canada’s Thomas Blumenfeld in the Men’s lightweight middleweight clash on Friday as controversial loss given that he was already assured of a bronze medal heading into the 64-kilogram welterweight division clash at the Oxenford Studios.
He claimed bronze despite losing all five rounds on the judges’ scorecards – 30-27, 29-28; 30-27, 30-21, 30-27.
The result tied him in third place with England’s Luke McCormack who lost to Namibian Jonas Jonas in the other semi-final bout.
However, Nigeria is the highest placed West African team, in 8th place on the medal table having won 18 medals, comprising 8 gold, 5 silver, and 5 bronze.
South Africa is the highest ranked African team with a total of 35 medals – 13 gold, 10 silver and 12 bronze followed by Nigeria, Kenya (2 gold, 5 silver, and 5 bronze), and Uganda (two gold and two bronze)
Meanwhile, Ghana is tied in 33rd place alongside Cameroon, Cook Islands, Dominica, Malta, Norfolk Island and the Solomon Islands.