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Nicola boxes for first women's gold

Boxer Nicola Adams has fought her way to the sport's first women's Olympic final as Team GB looked to continue its record-breaking gold run.

The flyweight beat India's five-time world champion Mary Kom to set up a clash with her old foe Ren Cancan for a gold medal that would realise her 17-year dream.

"I've been training for this moment since I was 12 years old and to think it is finally here is just incredible," said the 29-year-old from Leeds.

"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 who was watching the bout with boxer Amir Khan.

Earlier the Prime Minister angered teachers by criticising those who are unwilling to play their part in coaching young talent as he called for a return to the "competitive ethos" in school sports. The problem is not simply one of money, but of "some teachers not wanting to join in and play their part", Mr Cameron told LBC radio.

"If we want to have a great sporting legacy for our children - and I do - we have got to have an answer that brings the whole of society together to crack this, more competition, more competitiveness, more getting rid of the idea all must win prizes and you can't have competitive sports days. We need a big cultural change - a cultural change in favour of competitive sports. That's what I think really matters."

But teachers' leaders said his words were "extremely unfair". The selling-off of playing fields, with 21 approved for disposal since the coalition Government came to power, the lack of facilities and the removal of funding all played their part, said the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, added: "The real issue is the major cuts that this coalition Government has made to school sports."

But Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson promised that maintaining funding for elite sport would be his top priority after the record-breaking performance of Team GB.

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