Olympic champion Nicola Adams is heading to Rio

Published: Friday 15th April 2016 by The News Editor

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Nicola Adams booked her place at the Rio Olympics after cruising to victory at the European qualifying tournament in Samsun, Turkey, on Friday.

The 33-year-old scored a unanimous decision win over Marielle Hansen of Norway to ensure she will defend her 2012 gold medal in Brazil.

It means Adams will get the chance to become the first British boxer to win two Olympic titles since Harry Mallin in Paris in 1924.

Adams started aggressively against her experienced opponent, repelling Hansen’s advances and taking it clearly on the scorecard.

Despite getting a little wayward with her shots in the middle rounds, Adams finished with a flourish to complete a shut-out victory and book her place on the plane to Rio.

But there was a shock for Ireland’s Katie Taylor who suffered her first loss in almost five years and must wait to qualify for Rio.

Taylor fell 39-37 on all three scorecards to Yana Alekseevna of Azerbaijan, whom Taylor had previously beaten in the 2014 World Championship final.

Taylor will get one more chance to reach the Olympics via the World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan next month.

Published: Friday 15th April 2016 by The News Editor

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