Team GB that is, who totalled the third most gold medals as they hosted the 2012 Olympics in London with 29, and Team GB Boxing at that, who contributed three gold medals to that count, as well as one bronze and one silver, all in unprecedented fashion.
Boxing has been a tradition of the Olympic games since the ancient originations in Greece, however women’s boxing just became a tradition at these recent games as it was introduced for the first time in event’s history, with Team GB setting the women’s Olympic boxing bar in the event’s instalment.
Seizing the opportunity in the flyweight, lightweight and middleweight competitions established in London 2012 for women to spar against other women while representing their country, instead of previously only men doing so, Team GB’s Nicola Adams took gold in the first Olympic women’s flyweight competition ever.
A truly unique and momentous event for the Olympics, Team GB, Nicola Adams and the sport of boxing as a whole for both males and females, as never before had there been a women’s boxing stage during the largest sporting spectacle in the world, progressing the dynamic ability and overall reach of women’s boxing.
Not to leave out the achievements by Luke Campbell and Anthony Joshua, who won gold in the men’s bantamweight and super heavyweight, respectively, as well as Fred Evans who got silver in the men’s welterweight and Anthony Ogogo in the men’s middleweight, Team GB tweeted about Adams’ ground-breaking achievement after it occurred.
“#Gold #Boxing Mark the name & date #TeamGB’s @nicolaAdams2012 claims the 1st ever Olympic Women’s Boxing Gold! 16-7! #OurGreatestTeam,” Team GB’s twitter account posted on 9 August.
Look out for boxing around the world, especially in the UK, to experience an increase in the amount of people picking up the sport, following the sport and possibly even further reinventing the sport after these 2012 Olympics, Team GB’s and Adams’ boxing performances.
Look out for Adams in Adidas’ video, “adidas | Don’t Stop Me Now.” Can you spot when she appears?
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