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KNOCKOUT: A happy Nicola Adams

LEEDS NATIVE Nicola Adams has fulfilled her dream. Adams became the first British woman to win a major boxing title with victory at the European championships.

England's Adams, who is part of GB Boxing's Olympic squad, beat Sarah Ourahmoune of France 15-8 in the flyweight (51kg) final in Rotterdam.

"I've wanted to be a champion for so long and now I've got my gold medal,” confessed Adams after her success.

Adams, who is expected to be amongst the medals at London 2012, had already beaten Ourahmoune this year on her way to winning the European Union Championships in June, but a repeat looked in doubt when she trailed 2-0 after the first round and 4-3 after the second.

Adams took charge in the third and led 9-6 going into the fourth, before controlling a bruising closer.

Adams had been the first English female boxer to win a medal at a major tournament when she won European silver in 2007, and has since collected two silvers at world level, but this was her first taste of gold in a major tournament.

And having not won a European medal since Adams in 2007, England ended the week in Rotterdam with a best-ever haul of four.

"I'm absolutely overwhelmed," Adams told BBC Sport. "It's still sinking in, what I've achieved tonight. This gold medal will go towards my ranking points for the (Olympic) qualifiers.

"I said before the tournament I was hoping to get gold. I was determined and would not be denied and I'm bringing this gold back to England. I was down after the first round but, again, I was determined.

"There was no way France was going to win, I wanted it too much. This is the most medals England have ever had at a European Championships, so it's great to come back with four medals - couldn't ask for anything better than that really."

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