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Women boxing champs make Olympic history

Published: 5:28AM Friday August 10, 2012 Source: Reuters

  • Britain's Nicola Adams bites her gold medal  (Source: Reuters)
    Britain's Nicola Adams bites her gold medal - Source: Reuters

Britain's Nicola Adams became the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title by bullying her way to victory over China's number one seed Ren Cancan, taking the flyweight gold today in front of a thrilled home crowd.

Adams easily recorded a 16-7 win in the final at the ExCel arena in south east London as she dominated the three-times world champion from start to finish, recording a rare knock down in the second round.

The Briton shadow boxed in each corner of the ring with delight after her name was read out as the winner following the exciting four two minutes rounds.

"It is a dream come true. I am so happy and overwhelmed with joy right now. I have wanted this all my life and I have done it," a beaming Adams told reporters, who could not believe she scored a knockdown.

"I didn't see that coming, but it happened. I was just thinking of becoming Olympic champion. The feeling is absolutely amazing."

The noisy crowd, including British royalty in the form of Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, roared in delight as Adams dominated the early exchanges to open up 4-2 lead after the first round.

American teenager Claressa Shields meanwhile outfoxed and outgunned Russian Nadezda Torlopova to win the first women's Olympic boxing middleweight gold..

Shields took the bout 19-12 at the Excel Arena in east London to claim America's only gold medal in the ring at the Games after the nine men all exited before the semi-finals.

The grinning Shields danced her way out of the arena to cap her rise to the top from the tough streets of Flint, Michigan.

Following a cagey opening round, Shields broke open a big lead after a strong second round where she utilised her quicker hand speed to land a number of scoring blows in the tight exchanges with her bigger opponent.

The Russian, at 33 almost twice the age of her opponent, took more punishment in the third round as Shields landed with a couple of big left straights to take a 15-10 lead.

Shields ducked and dived away from the lumbering blows from the tired Russian, making her miss with ease.

Ireland's Katie Taylor won the lightweight gold, capping a scintillating career that delivered four world titles and saw her lead the charge for the inclusion of women's boxing at the Olympics.

Taylor, 26, had to watch previous Olympic Games from home knowing that the sport she excelled so greatly at was the only one missing from the women's programme at the Summer Games.

The overwhelming favourite, she beat Russia's Sofya Ochigava 10-8 in front of an arena packed again with raucous Irish fans, desperate for a first untainted Irish Olympic gold in 20 years.