25th October 2011
European gold medal winner Nicola Adamswww.gbboxing.org.uk
Nicola Adams of Leeds claimed the gold medal at flyweight in the Women’s European Championships in Rotterdam on Saturday.

Adams was joined on the podium by team mate Lisa Whiteside, who won silver at 57kg, while Natasha Jonas and Savannah Marshall both claimed bronze.

This medal success follows on from the two Silvers she claimed at the World Championships

Nicola was forced to remain cool under fire as she found herself trailing a point behind French boxer Sarah Ourahmoune at the midway point of the bout.

Upping the pace and piling on pressure in the third paid dividends for Nicola as she took command of the bout with a session score of 6:2, and another change of tactics kept the French boxer looking for answers in a final round which saw Nicola box off the back foot, taking the round 6:2 and the bout 15:8.

“It’s important to me that I’ve earned valuable ranking points for next year’s World Championships, as it’s the qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games.” Adams told GB Boxing.

“This is one of the big highlights of my boxing career so far and Olympic gold is my real focus now.” she added.

Lisa Whiteside’s debut international championship saw the determined English girl come close to taking the title. The Larches and Savick boxer trailed in the early rounds against Ukrainian Natalalila Biriuk at 57kg, but rallied effectively in the closing stages of the final, to miss out by a single point at 15:14.

Lisa said: “I’m naturally disappointed not to have taken gold, but silver medal is a great achievement and has proven I can compete at the highest level.’

For Wales, Lynsey Holdaway gave a typical gutsy performance before dropping a close 9:13 points decision to Russian southpaw Sveltlana Gnevanova in the 48kg final, and Lauren Price took bronze.

for more information on the Championships visit www.gbboxing.org.uk
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