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Nicola Adams defends her Olympic title

Nicola Adams
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Sarah Ourahmoune can't stand in the way of history. John Dennen watches Nicola Adams triumph at Rio 2016

NICOLA ADAMS is once again an Olympic gold medallist, Britain’s first two-time Olympic champion since Harry Mallin in 1924, and the first female boxer to win two Olympic golds.

France’s Sarah Ourahmoune proved a game challenger in the final on Saturday at Riocentro, pressing forward and trying to snag Adams with her straight punches. But she didn’t shake Nicola’s control of the contest, the Briton won 39-37 for all three judges.

“I just focus like it’s another fight. I take everything in my stride and most importantly try to have fun,” Nicola smiled afterwards. “I felt like I’d done enough to win, definitely. I felt I was winning the rounds quite comfortably and scoring the cleaner shots.

“Every time you beat someone you’re crushing their dreams. So it’s a tough old process.”

She’s not only won the Olympics twice. She’s won every other amateur accolade going: the World championships, Europeans, Commonwealths and more.

“I’m absolutely over the moon,” Adams said. “I’m now the most accomplished amateur boxer that Britain has ever had. It’s a nice title to have. It’s been an amazing journey.”

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