Sheffield boxer Nicola Adams has thanked the people of Yorkshire after retaining her Olympic title.
The 33-year-old, who is part of the GB boxing team which trains at the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe, defended her London 2012 title yesterday by winning gold in the women’s flyweight final at Rio 2016.
Adams won a unanimous points decision to beat France’s Sarah Ourahmoune. It is GB’s first gold boxing medal at Rio 2016.
Today Adams thanked the people of Yorkshire for their support. She said: “I’ve had massive support, especially Leeds and Yorkshire. They’ve been absolutely amazing, I’d just like to say thank you to everybody for all your support back home.
“You’ve been doing the most and you’ve helped me through my competitions. I felt like I had you guys in the ring with me every punch I threw. So, thank you.”
Adams, from Leeds, has won Olympic, European and Commonwealth golds and now becomes the first Briton to defend her Olympic crown since middleweight Harry Mallin in 1924.