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Adams Wins Gold for Britain
European victory for team GB member
Posted Oct 27, 2011 by Chris White
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Britain has a new women’s boxing champion with Olympic squad member Nicola Adams winning the flyweight title at the European Championships in Rotterdam, beating Sarah Ourahmoune of France 15-8 in the final.
The 28-year old from Leeds had already beaten her French opponent in 2011 on her way to winning the European Union Championships, but trailing 2-0 and then 4-3, Adams made it much harder for herself this time around. However, her more aggressive nature allowed her to start attacking Ourahmoune and she went into the final round of the five rounds leading 9-6.
Adams won silver back in 2007 and has since picked up two more silvers at world level, but this year’s European Championship title us her first gold – the first time a British woman has stood on the top step.
The English team ended the Championships with four medals – a best ever performance – with Natasha Jonas winning the light-welterweight bronze medal and Savannah Marshall also picking up bronze in the middleweight category. Lisa Whiteside won silver in the non-Olympic category, doing so in just her fourth appearance for her country, battling back from 13-10 down after three rounds to lose by an agonizing single point.