London, Aug 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Britain’s Nicola Adams became the first woman to win gold in Olympic boxing here Thursday, pummelling China’s Ren Cancan in the final of the 51kg event.
Adams won the fight 16-7 against the three-time World Champion Ren.
The British boxer came out swinging in the first round, which she won 4-2, before knocking Ren down in the second as she took a 9-4 lead, which she stretched to 14-5 by the end of the third as Ren struggled to cope.
Marlen Esparza of the US and India’s Mary Kom won bronze after losing their semi-finals Wednesday.
Esparza, 23, was defeated 10-8 in the semi-final by Ren, while Kom was thrashed 11-6 in her semi-final by second-seeded Adams.
Women’s boxing is making its debut in the Olympics this year. Bouts consist of four two-minute rounds, as opposed to the three three-minute rounds for the men.
Both semi-finals losers are awarded bronze medals, with the semi-final winners battling it out for gold and silver.