Britain's Nicola Adams wins 1st ever gold in women's boxing
Nicola Adams has won a gold medal for Britain in the first ever Olympic women’s boxing tournament.
Adams overwhelmed China’s Ren Cancan at the ExCel Centre, knocking her opponent down in the second round and wining the fight on 16 points to 7.
Her victory was assured by the fourth round, and in the final seconds of the fight, Adams was playing to crowd by repeating the “shuffle” pioneered by Muhammad Ali.
Adams, 29, was the first female boxer to represent England in an international bout 2001 and is the current European flyweight champion.
Ren is the current word champion and has beaten Adams in their last two fights, but the British fighter was clearly spurred on by the roaring London crowd, attacking from the first moment.
She began the second round with a flurry of blows and knocked Ren down, all but assuring her eventual victory.
Born in Leeds, Adams has been boxing since she was a teenager and now represents the Haringey Police Boxing Club in Tottenham.
To support her sporting career, she has worked as a film extra and appeared in programmes including Coronation Street and Emmerdale.
After the fight, she described her victory as “a dream come true for me.”
She said: I've just wanted this all my life. To think I've finally done it with all this support... it's made my day.”
She added: “I'd like to thank all the supporters here and all the support back home - I'm bringing that gold medal back to Leeds."