At the London Olympics in 2012, Nicola Adams won the admiration of the British public as the first woman in history to win a gold medal in Women’s Boxing. She was also the first British woman to win a major boxing title with a victory at the 2011 European Championships and has since become Great Britain’s most decorated female boxer.
Nicola started boxing at the age of twelve and had her first bout a year later. She fought, and won, her first bout at age 13, but it was four years before she found a second opponent. In 2001 she became the first woman boxer ever to represent England.
In 2007, Nicola Adams was the first English female to win a medal in a major tournament, taking silver in the bantamweight (54kg) division at the European Championships in Denmark.
In 2008, she became the first English woman to earn a medal in the AIBA Women’s World Championships in Ningbo, China, when she narrowly missed out on gold to the Polish world number one, Karolina Michalczuk.
Successes and the Road to London 2012
Following this success, she faced a debilitating back injury for nearly a year but slowly recovered and, in March 2010, was selected to be part of the first ever women’s GB Boxing squad, training towards London 2012.
In September 2010, Nicola picked up her second silver medal at the AIBA Women’s World Championships, this time losing-out to Chinese boxer Cancan Ren. In October 2011, she won Great Britain’s first ever women’s gold at a major Championship when she beat Sarah Ourahmoune of France, 15-8, in the final of the European Championships in Rotterdam.
She qualified for the London Olympics by virtue of her performance at the 2012 World Championships in Quinhuangdao, China where she overcame five-time World Champion Mery Kom of India.
In the 2012 Summer Olympics, Nicola Adams once again defeated Kom in the flyweight semifinal. She went on to defeat Chinese boxer and world number one Ren Cancan in the final to claim the first Olympic women’s boxing gold medal in history.
What she offers
Nicola won over the nation with her winning smile and upbeat personality, making her an instant favourite at the London 2012 games.
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