GLASGOW, Scotland — Two years after winning the inaugural Olympic title, Nicola Adams on Saturday also become the first female Commonwealth Games boxing champion.
The 31-year-old Adams from England beat Northern Ireland’s Michaela Walsh in the four-round flyweight contest via a split decision.
”Again I’ve managed to create history,” Adams said. ”It’s on to Rio (2016 Olympics). It’s the next step. I’ve been thinking of this since the London 2012 Olympics. To think I’ve finally got it is unbelievable. It’s a massive sigh of relief and now I can relax a bit.”
It was England’s 50th gold in Glasgow, where the team is on course to finish top of the medal standings for the first time since 1986 and end Australia’s 20-year Commonwealth dominance.
In other games news:
DOPING: A former 400-meter world champion has become the second Commonwealth Games athlete to fail a doping test in Glasgow. Amantle Montsho of Botswana tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine after surrendering her Commonwealth title on Tuesday by coming fourth in the women’s 400-meter final.
The Commonwealth Games Federation announced that Montsho had been suspended at a hearing on Saturday in Glasgow. Montsho requested that her backup sample be tested, which will happen on Monday in London. The CGF announcement came a day after 16-year-old weightlifter Chika Amalaha was stripped of her gold medal after a doping hearing.
REPEAT FINAL: India will have a chance on Sunday to avenge its loss to Australia in the men’s hockey final at the New Delhi Games in 2010. While Australia eased past England 4-1 in the semifinals, India had to come from two goals down to beat New Zealand 3-2.
”We will look at the (2010) video and analyze our mistakes and do better this time,” India captain Rupinder Singh said.
HEADGEAR DEFENSE: The International Boxing Association said there had been no concussions at the competition through Saturday’s medal rounds while defending a decision to stop using headgear for male competitors at the games. Officials have cited medical statistics showing headgear can cause jarring to boxers’ heads and contribute to concussions. Some trainers and boxers called for headgear to be reintroduced, however, due to the grueling schedule of bouts in events as short as these games.
COMING UP: Usain Bolt is due to anchor Jamaica’s 4×100-meter relay team at Hampden Park in the evening after saying a left foot injury prevented him taking part in the individual sprints.