SHEFFIELD-BASED boxer Nicola Adams said her dreams have come true after winning Olympic Games gold.
Boxing aficionados and novices roared in unison as Adams, who spent three months in bed due to a back injury in 2009, delivered the performance of her life to secure the women’s flyweight title.
“I’ve just wanted this all my life. To think I’ve finally done it and I’m finally here, with all this support – it’s really made my day,” said 29-year-old Adams, who knocked down Chinese number world one Ren Cancan in an emphatic victory.
“The second round knockdown set me on my way and I really didn’t see it coming. It’s just one of those things – it’s amazing.
“I have been dreaming of this since I was 12 years old and the moment is finally here and I have my medal for Team GB to add to the board. I was really surprised about the knock down but this is what I have been working for and training for.
“It feels so good to have a gold especially after my injury I never thought I would box again let alone be here at an Olympic Games.”
Trained at the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe and taking regular instruction from Brendan Ingle’s gym in Wincobank, Adams has been in superb form at London 2012 but Cancan has had the edge in previous clashes, most notably at in the World Championship final in China in May.
But Adams took Olympic gold in dominant fashion, taking a commanding 14-5 lead into the final round, going on to win 16-7.
The impact Olympic inclusion has had on women’s boxing cannot be overstated. Adams was the first Brit to win a medal at a major competition with European silver in 2007 but no-one batted an eyelid.
With Olympic gold she will become a household name, which will no doubt the Leeds-born Adams will have a few letters added to it.
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