Nicola Adams of Great Britain couldn't have asked for much more. The Leeds native, boxing in front of a home Olympic crowd in London, became the first women's boxing gold medalist in history, dominating her rival and world-ranked No. 1 Ren Cancan of China this morning, in what was the performance of a career.
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Adams defeated Ren,16-7, dominating the fight from start to finish. Previously, Ren had won two of three bouts between the two, but this one wasn't even close.
Adams was the superior fighter in there, leading 4-2, 9-4, and 14-5 after the first three rounds, building a massive lead and then making sure in the final round not to do anything that would give Ren a chance to pull a shocking knockout, which is the only chance the Chinese fighter had in the last round.
Adams even scored a legit knockdown in the second round, flooring Ren on a left followed by a right to the forehead. She was in control of this fight every step of the way. What a performance, and what a win for Adams and Great Britain.
Bronze medals went to Marlen Esparza of the United States and Mary Kom of India.