The flyweight dominated her final against China’s Ren Cancan, winning 16-7 at the ExCeL in London on Thursday.
These Games are the first to feature women’s boxing, meaning Adams’ under-51kg bout was the very first final, allowing her to make her own piece of history.
The 29-year-old European champion put Cancan on the canvas, and landed a series of big blows throughout the four-round bout.
“It’s absolutely amazing. I can’t believe the support I have had,” she said.
“All I have wanted to do is to get this gold medal for Great Britain. I wasn’t expecting to knock her down and I was quite shocked that I did but I felt then that I had it in the bag.
“It is still all sinking in, I can’t believe what I have achieved. It’s definitely a childhood dream come true.”
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