10 Aug 2012

Adams makes boxing history at Games

5:39 am on 10 August 2012

Britain's Nicola Adams made Olympic history on Thursday, becoming the first woman to win a boxing titles.

The London Games are the first time that women have been allowed to compete, with the losing semifinalists each awarded a bronze.

Adams easily recorded a 16-7 win in the fly division (51kg) final at the ExCel arena, dominating the three-time world champion Cancan Ren, of China, and recording a rare knock down in the second round.

Mary Kom from India and American Marlen Esparez took the bronze.

In the lightweight division (60kg), four-time world champion Katie Taylor of Ireland won the title, beating Russia's Sofya Ochigava 10-8 to give Ireland their first gold of the Games.

Mavzuna Chorieva of Tajikistan took bronze along with Brazilian Adriana Araujo.

In the middleweight division (75kg), American teenager Claressa Shields won gold after a 19-12 win over Russian Nadezda Torlopova.

Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova and Jinzi Li from China took bronze.