Nicola Adams became the first British woman to win a major boxing title with victory at the European championships.
Club: Haringey ABC
Career so far:
Euro silver medal, 2007
World silver medal, 2008
World silver medal, 2010
Euro gold medal, 2011
England’s Adams, who is part of GB Boxing’s Olympic squad, beat Sarah Ourahmoune of France 15-8 in the flyweight final in Rotterdam. There were also silver medals for Lynsey Holdaway of Wales and England’s Lisa Whiteside in non-Olympic categories.
Adams had already beaten Ourahmoune this year on her way to winning the European Union Championships in June, but a repeat looked uncertain when she trailing behind 2-0 after the first round and 4-3 after the second. However, a more hostile Adams took charge in the third and managed to take the lead at 9-6 going into the fourth.
Adams had been the first English female boxer to win a medal at a major tournament when she won European silver in 2007, and has since collected two silvers at world level, but this was her first experience of gold in a major tournament.
And having not won a European medal since Adams in 2007, England ended the week in Rotterdam with a best-ever haul of four.
Adams finished by saying:
“I said before the tournament I was hoping to get gold. I was determined and would not be denied and I’m bringing this gold back to England. I was down after the first round but, again, I was determined.”