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Out British Boxer Nicola Adams Wins Gold — Again

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She's the first Brit to successfully defend an Olympic boxing championship since 1924.

Bisexual British boxer Nicola Adams won gold in the flyweight category at the Rio Olympics Saturday, repeating her 2012 performance and becoming the first Brit to retain a boxing medal since 1924.

"I'm now officially the most accomplished amateur boxer Great Britain has ever had," she told the BBC. "I can't believe it." She defeated France's Sarah Ourahmoune, winning a unanimous points decision, the BBC reports.

Adams has won gold medals in the European and Commonwealth competitions as well as the Olympics, the BBC notes. And the last British boxer to repeat a gold medal win was middleweight Harry Mallin 92 years ago.

Adams has said she hopes to be a role model for other women in boxing, a sport she entered accidentally by wandering into a boxing gym. "I am incredibly excited to see the growth of the sport and the role that women play in the development," she said in a Newsweek interview. She has volunteered with an organization called StreetGames, which helps disadvantaged children in the United Kingdom become involved in sports.

In 2012 she led The Independent's list of the most influential LGBT people in the U.K. Her gold medal that year -- the first year women's boxing was an Olympic sport -- made her the first openly LGBT person to win an Olympic boxing medal.

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