| Event type

Flyweight (48-51 kilograms), Women

Date1 – 12 August 2012
LocationExCeL, Newham, London
Participants12 from 12 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

At 1.34PM on the 5th August 2012 Yelena Savelyeva of Russia flicked out a jab that grazed the gloves of North Korea’s Kim Hye-Song. In the normal course of affairs this would not be of any great note but in this case the significance came from its symbolism as the final breach of male exclusivity at the Summer Olympic Games. Boxing’s status as the only sport where women could not compete had ended by a decision of the AIBA in 2009.

At the London Games the gold medal winner was expected to come from a trio of women, world champion Ren Cancan of China, Great Britain’s Nicola Adams and Indian icon M. C. Mary Kom, with Adams having the twin advantages of being a natural flyweight, as opposed to the other two who had moved up from light-flyweight, and of fighting in front of a fiercely partisan crowd. Whether it was those advantages that proved decisive or simply that Adams was the better fighter mattered little as she won three clear points decisions on her way to becoming the first ever female Olympic boxing champion. She put on a particularly impressive display against Ren in the final and scored a knockdown as she recorded a decisive 16-7 victory.

By winning the bronze Mary Kom became only the third Indian woman to win an Olympic medal. Widely feted in her home country as a five-time World Champion, the mother of twin sons even had a Bollywood movie made about her life.

1Nicola AdamsGBRGold
2Ren CancanCHNSilver
=3Marlen EsparzaUSABronze
=3Mary KomINDBronze
=5Yelena SavelyevaRUS
=5Karlha MaglioccoVEN
=5Maroua RahaliTUN
=5Stoyka PetrovaBUL
=9Kim Hye-SongPRK
=9Erica MatosBRA
=9Karolina MichalczukPOL
=9Siona FernandesNZL

Round One

Date1 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #101 AugRen CancanCHN
Match #201 AugYelena SavelyevaRUSDecisionKim Hye-SongPRK
Match #301 AugKarlha MaglioccoVENDecisionErica MatosBRA
Match #401 AugMarlen EsparzaUSA
Match #501 AugMaroua RahaliTUN
Match #601 AugMary KomINDDecisionKarolina MichalczukPOL
Match #701 AugStoyka PetrovaBULDecisionSiona FernandesNZL
Match #801 AugNicola AdamsGBR


Date6 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #106 AugRen CancanCHNDecisionYelena SavelyevaRUS
Match #206 AugMarlen EsparzaUSADecisionKarlha MaglioccoVEN
Match #306 AugMary KomINDDecisionMaroua RahaliTUN
Match #406 AugNicola AdamsGBRDecisionStoyka PetrovaBUL


Date10 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final match.
Match #110 AugRen CancanCHNDecisionMarlen EsparzaUSA
Match #210 AugNicola AdamsGBRDecisionMary KomIND

Final Round

Date12 August 2012
Match 1/212 AugNicola AdamsGBRDecisionRen CancanCHN