Great Britain’s Nicola Adams has done something no British boxer has done in 92 years. Today, 20 August, she took the gold in the women’s flyweight division, the exact medal she won four years earlier at the London Games.
The 33-year-old bisexual won a unanimous points decision over France’s Sarah Ourahmoune. Adams’ gold is the first Great Britain has won in boxing at the Rio Summer Games.
‘The gold rush continues,’ she said to the BBC. ‘I’m now officially the most accomplished amateur boxer Great Britain has ever had. I can’t believe it.’
Adams has been making Leeds proud for awhile. She’s won Olympic, European, and Commonwealth golds; now she’s the first Briton to successfully defend her Olympic crown since middleweight Harry Mallin in 1924.
While she is openly bisexual, Adams prefers to keep her relationships private and would rather be known as a person, and an athlete, than for who she dates.
‘I’ve always been an open person and I just thought that it might help other people if I talked about everything,’ she said this past April. ‘All the way through the Games I was never anybody but myself. It’s being me that inspired people so I’m just going to carry on doing that.’