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Ghana’s Lone Medal Is 33rd Best In The Commonwealth

Ghana won its first medal in the boxing event on day nine of competition at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

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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.

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