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Nicola Adams becomes first British boxer to secure place at Rio Games

HEADING TO RIO: Nicola Adams

HEADING TO RIO: Nicola Adams

OLYMPIC CHAMPION Nicola Adams became the first British boxer to earn a place at this summer’s Rio Games.

The 33-year-old became the first women’s Olympic boxing champion when she won gold at London 2012, and she is now targeting another landmark.

Victory in Rio would make the sportswoman from Leeds only the second British boxer to retain their Olympic title after middleweight Harry Mallin in 1924.

“It feels really good to know that I will be defending my title in Rio – it is no longer the Road to Rio, I am going to Rio,” she said.

“I’ve qualified and I am ready to defend my title and hopefully become a double Olympic champion.”

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