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BOXER Nicola Adams fought her way to the sport's first women's Olympic final yesterday as Britain's record-breaking gold run looked set to continue.
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"I've been training for this moment since I was 12 years old and to think it is finally here is just incredible," the 29-year-old from Leeds said.
"I am going to treat it like a normal tournament, and hopefully the crowd will give me a boost to edge away and get the gold. I've beaten her once before and I'm definitely confident I can go out and do it again."
Fans at the ExCeL centre roared her to victory, but there were pantomime boos for David Cameron Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled due to vandalism. who was watching the bout with boxer Amir Khan Amir Khan may refer to:
Meanwhile, Britain's greatest Olympian Sir Chris Hoy Chris Hoy MBE (born March 23, 1976 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish track cyclist and Olympic Games gold and silver medal winner.
Prior to taking up track cycling, Hoy had raced BMX and competed at rowing for the Scottish junior team winning Silver in the 1993 British , 36, said his second gold medal of the Games was "the perfect end to my Olympic career".
His victory in the men's keirin came shortly after the new star of women's cycling, Laura Trott, 20, won her second gold of the Games in the women's omnium.
An ecstatic Trott joined an elite club of British women to have won double gold at a single Games, including Dame Kelly Holmes Dame Kelly Holmes, DBE (born April 19, 1970) is a retired British middle-distance athlete. She won gold medals in the 800 metres and the 1500 metres at the 2004 Summer Olympics. and Rebecca Adlington.
She said: "It still feels totally surreal for me, I still can't believe this is happening, I'm just a 10-year-old kid."
There was disappointment yesterday for showjumper Nick Skelton, who missed out on any medals in the individual competition.
On the athletics track, Usain Bolt edged ever nearer to the legendary status he craves after cruising into the 200 metres final with contemptuous ease.
While many would already consider the Jamaican superstar a legend for winning triple gold in Beijing and defending his 100m title here on Sunday, Bolt insists he also has to retain his 200m title.
And the 25-year-old looks an increasingly certain bet to do just that, effectively winning his semi-final last night before halfway and almost jogging down the home straight to win in 20.18 seconds.
Team-mate Yohan Blake was the fastest qualifier after also slowing down markedly in winning the opening semi-final in 20.01secs, but Bolt has no doubts he will put his training partner in his place once again on Thursday.
"No doubt whatsoever," Bolt said. "I'm ready, this is my favourite event, so I'm looking forward to it."
Britain's Christian Malcolm missed out on the final after finishing third in his race in 20.51s.
The 33-year-old Welshman said: "I'm disappointed. My last Olympic Games and it would have been nice to make the final but it wasn't to be.
"It's one of those things. I'm getting a bit older and it's not getting any easier.
Lawrence Clarke, 22, who was educated at Eton and is a distant relation of former US president Theodore Roosevelt, was a superb fourt in the final of the 110m hurdles last night Clarke, nicknamed "toff of the track" due to his privileged background, finished third in the opening semi-final in a personal best of 13.31s and eventually qualified by 0.03s as the eighth fastest qualifier. The United States enjoyed a one-two in the final as Aries Merritt stormed to victory in 12.92s, the fastest time in the world this year and just 0.01s off the Olympic record set by Liu Xiang in Athens in 2004.
Team-mate Jason Richardson took silver in 13.04, with Jamaica's Hansle Parchment taking bronze in a new national record of 13.12s.
Clarke was fourth in 13.39s, while defending champion and world record holder Dayron Robles of Cuba pulled up injured midway through the race.
ALL BLACK BARBIE ABOUT 300 people were last night evacuated from New Zealand's Olympics hospitality house after a fire. Emergency services emergency services Emergency care '…services …necessary to prevent death or serious impairment of health and, because of the danger to life or health, require the use of the most accessible hospital available and equipped to furnish those services' were called to Kiwi House near King's Cross in central London after two gas canisters being used for a barbecue exploded and blew the roof off the barbecue area.
Hundreds of New Zealanders who have come to London for the Games had gathered for a party. Nobody was injured.
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