Nicola Adams and Katie Taylor became the first two female Olympic boxing champions on an historic afternoon session at the ExCel Arena.
Flyweight Adams, 29, led the way with an explosive performance of desire fuelled fire as she swept aside China’s Cancan Ren 16-7.
Adams, who has not ruled out returning to defend her title in Rio in 2016, said: “It’s a dream come true. I’ve just wanted this all my life. To think I’ve finally done it, I’m finally here. All this support has really made my day.”
It was an equally historic night for Irishwoman Katie Taylor. Taylor, who has been the subject of raucous support from a massive travelling contingent all week, won a tight contest 10-8 against Sofya Ochigava of Russia.
Despite having made relatively untroubled progress to the final, Taylor was understandably edgy as the pressure of a nation weighed heavy on her shoulders.
After two sessions Ochigava was narrowly ahead and with many ringside starting to believe that the impossible could be on the cards, Taylor engaged the skills that had brought her to the brink of glory and was able to edge over the line.
The 26-year-old became the first gold medalist for the Republic of Ireland at this Olympics and she was roundly acclaimed by an ecstatic crowd as the decision was announced.
In the men’s competition, Great Britain have four further boxers in the mix for Olympic glory, however team captain Tom Stalker is not one of them after he crashed out at the quarter final stage of the light-welterweight bracket, slipping to a controversial 23-22 defeat to Mongolian Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg.
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