Boxer Nicole Adams all to set to make Olympic history

08 August 2012 / 02:00

Nicola Adams will make history when she becomes Team GB’s first female boxer to win an Olympic medal today in the Olympic final at the ExCeL Arena.

The flyweight bout will be the first women’s Olympic final and so trailblazer Adams, 29 and based in Leeds, could become the first Olympic champion in women’s boxing.

Adams fights her long-time Chinese rival Ren Cancan, who defeated her in the 2008 and 2010 world championship final, today (Thursday) at 16:30. Nicola knows she must force the upper hand this time if she is to claim Gold.

Cancan is a three-time world champion and former Asian Games winner and will have support in numbers but Adams will have the host nation behind her and is full of confidence as she prepares for the most important fight of her career.

"I am so happy to be here participating. I am in the final now and all I want to do is make my mum and my family and friends proud,” said a beaming Adams.

“I think I have done that by getting into the final. I massively want that Gold, words can't express how much I want it. No-one will remember the three silvers I got in the worlds if I get that Gold. It will mean everything to me."

Plain sailing for the 470s

For Team GB’s 470 squads it has been a regatta to remember, both the men and women are already guaranteed Silver medals heading into the final medal races today and tomorrow.

Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills secured their medal yesterday in fine fashion as they put in a dominant race to finish in second level on points with New Zealand, who were top of the standings at the beginning of the day.

The duo now need to beat their Kiwi rivals in the double points medal race on Friday to claim sailing’s second Gold of the Games.

While Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell begin their bid to bag Olympic Gold today as they look to overthrow a four point gap opened up by their Australian rivals.

The Brits will need to finish three boats clear if they are to win Gold, but have the assurance of Silver heading into the race.

Coming up today...

Beijing silver medallist Keri-Anne Payne will be aiming to go one better when she takes to the Serpentine in Hyde Park for the 10km open water swimming final today (Thursday).

Payne, 24 and based in Manchester, was the 2011 World Champion over the same distance – a performance which made her the first athlete to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

And over at the ExCeL Centre, the first British taekwondo fighters are in action.

World Championship silver medallist Jade Jones is first on the court at 10.30am against Serbian Dragana Gladovic in the -57kg class, while she is followed shortly after by -68kg athlete Martin Stamper, who takes on Nunez Osornio of Mexico at 10.45am.

And after their team dressage victory, Team GB’s equestrian athletes will be hoping to secure another win in the individual dressage grand prix freestyle at Greenwich Park.

With three medals already to their name, the equestrian team will be hoping to add further to their tally with Laura Bechtolsheimer, Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester in action.

And after missing out on medals in Wednesday’s finals, Team GB’s canoe sprint athletes will be hoping for better in Thursday’s events with Rachel Cawthorn competing in the final of the Kayak single (K1) 500 metres.

And at the Olympic Stadium, Andrew Osagie will be going for glory in the final of the men’s 800 metres at 8pm.