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Ren Cancan answers questions from the media after winning the silver medal.
Ren takes silver in historic women’s boxing final

09 Aug 2012
London, England: Despite being a three-time world champion and the top seed in the women’s boxing flyweight (48-51kg) category, there was simply nothing China’s Ren Cancan could do against home hope Nicola Adams in the first women’s boxing final in the history of the Olympic Games. In front of a raucous full house of 10,000 at the ExCeL Arena on Thursday, the second-seeded British fighter set off at a cracking pace and never allowed the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games gold medallist to settle into her rhythm.

Chants of “Ni-co-la, Ni-co-la” thundered around the venue in the second round when Adams knocked Ren to the canvas, and at the halfway point the British favourite led 9-4. She extended that lead to an almost unassailable 14-5 at the end of the third round, and kept the Chinese fighter at bay in the closing stages to emerge victorious 16-7.

Having beaten boxers from Russia and the United States to reach the gold medal bout, Ren had to settle for silver and was gracious in defeat as her conqueror went into the record books as the first Olympic champion in history. “I am very happy. It was a special moment,” said the 24-year-old Ren, from the Ningbo Police Force boxing team.

“I have never fought in an atmosphere like that before. To be honest I was a little bit shocked. I hope that when I fight in China and anywhere in the world the supporters will come to watch us like they have in London.”
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