Nicola Adams: British fighter wins world flyweight gold
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Great Britain's Nicola Adams completed her full set of international honours with a flyweight gold medal at the AIBA World Championships in Kazakhstan.
Adams, 33, added the world title to her Olympic,Commonwealth and European crowns by beating Thailand's Peamwilai Laopeam on Friday.
The English fighter won the 51kg final in Astana by a split decision.
Adams, who has qualified for the Rio Olympics, had previously won silver three times at the World Championships.
After a cagey opening round, Adams was consistently on the front foot and more aggressive than her Thai opponent.
She rocked Laopeam with a straight right in the second round and, despite being caught with a combination in the third, finished strongly in the fourth round.
"I've finally done it," she said. "And what better year to do it than in the year of the [Olympic] Games? I've cemented my place in history. The champ is here!"
One of the judges scored in favour of Laopeam throughout the fight, but Adams ascribed her hard-earned victory to high-quality preparation and greater desire.
"I stuck to the tactics, listened to the coaches, did all the training and left nothing to chance," she said.
"It was a touch-and-go fight. She's a really good opponent and deserved to be in the final, but I just gave a little bit more and wanted it that much more."