English Boxer and Gold medalist Nicola Adams is today’s feature athlete. Adams, 29, beat the defending champion, China’s Cancan Ren, in a thrilling 16 – 7 victory. Her Gold medal makes her Britain’s first ever female Olympic boxing champion.
Her road to success wasn’t easy though, as Adams nearly gave up the sport because no one would sponsor her. In 2007, Adams was the first to win a European boxing medal, and in 2008, won the first World Championship medal. Despite her success, Adams still struggled financially as she still couldn’t get funding. She had to take odd jobs on building sites and even worked as an extra on a soap opera.
Adams finally got financial backing in 2009 when the International Olympic Committee backed Women’s Boxing for the first time.
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Team Jamaica was an unstoppable force on Day 14 of the Games. Jamaica dominated the Men’s 200 meter podium and swept up all three medals! Usain Bolt came in first place, earning him another Gold medal, and making him the first Olympian to win both the 100 and 200 meter sprint at consecutive Games. Yohan Blake won Silver and Warren Weir took home the Bronze.
Day 14 also marked the start of BMX Cycling. Best friends and rivals Tory Nyhaug of Canada and Connor Fields of USA competed against each other but unfortunately Nyhaug failed to qualify for the semi-finals by just one point. Fields, Australian Sam Willoughby, and defending Gold medalist Maris Strombergs of Latvia were among the riders to move onto the semi-finals.
Events coming up for this weekend include Synchronized Swimming, Men’s 4 x 100 meter relay and Men’s Basketball.
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