Nicola Adams

Nicola Adams makes history by winning gold to retain her Olympic flyweight boxing title with a unanimous points decision over France’s Sarah Ourahmoune.

The Leeds golden girl was the first-ever female to be crowned Olympic boxing champion four years ago in London.

Adams won the the opening two rounds comfortably, connecting with a flurry of punches in the second. But the judges handed Ourahmoune the third, leaving the result still in the balance before the British boxer pulled off a grandstand finish.

There was immense mutual respect at the end where they both embraced, champions in their sport and worthy finalists.

After the victory she said: “The goldrush continues. It’s amazing. I’d like to say thank you to my coach and my mum.

“It’s well up there. It takes a lot to win an Olympic medal – especially to win it twice.”

She has been a pioneer for women’s boxing and now hopes the professional scene can make a mark and continue to grow.

She said: “The women’s amateur scene is growing and I hope the pro scene will grow too.

“But as for the future, there’s still time to go on (to Tokyo in 2020) but I want to take a holiday, to chill out and reflect on this moment, before I decide.”

Her mother added: “Nicola has worked for everything she has got – we weren’t given this on a silver spoon.

“She is an inspiration because she has just come from an ordinary background and that is how she has got hearts in Leeds.”

Leeds City Council said the city will host a homecoming celebration to honour athletes from the region who competed in this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.

 

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