Adams champion after split verdict

Nicola Adams, pictured, defeated Michaela Walsh to claim gold

Nicola Adams, pictured, defeated Michaela Walsh to claim gold

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Nicola Adams repelled the brave challenge of Belfast flyweight Michaela Walsh to claim Commonwealth Games boxing gold in Glasgow.

The 31-year-old Olympic champion was simply too classy for Walsh, who will go home with a richly deserved silver medal after a promising week of performances.

But remarkably the three ringside judges did not quite see the fight the same way with one scoring in favour of Walsh as Adams triumphed only via split decision.

Fearless Walsh went into the fight convinced of her ability to cause an upset and started well as she snaked home a right hand in the opening seconds.

But Adams stepped up a gear, landing a left and right combination which wobbled Walsh, and following up with a sharp right hand as she pursued the Northern Ireland fighter around the ring.

Adams never let go of her dominance, relying on all her considerable experience to keep Walsh at bay and land shots on the button almost at will.

After a tangle sent the pair rolling on the floor early in the third round, Walsh had some success with her left hand, but Adams responded with a good right and resumed command.

At the end of a more competitive fourth both fighters raised their arms in triumph, but the reality was that Adams had once again proved herself a class apart.

Northern Ireland's Paddy Barnes retained his light-flyweight title by outpointing India's Devendro Laishram, while team-mate Michael Conlan defeated England's Qais Ashfaq in an entertaining bantamweight brawl.

Scotland's Charlie Flynn was crowned lightweight champion after a fiery win over Northern Ireland's Joe Fitzpatrick, and Josh Taylor survived a torrid final round to win a second gold medal for the host nation in the men's light-welterweight category.

Savannah Marshall went some way towards erasing the memory of her Olympic nightmare by winning gold in the women's middleweight competition.

The Hartlepool 23-year-old, who went into London 2012 as hot favourite but was beaten in the first round, came on strong to see off eager Canadian Ariane Fortin.

Powerful England welterweight Scott Fitzgerald capped his first major international competition by blasting out India's Mandeep Jangra, while middleweight Antony Fowler produced a powerful performance to see off Indian superstar Vijender.

Meanwhile, Husband and wife team Joanna and Paul Drinkhall won gold in the all-English mixed doubles table tennis final as they beat Liam Pitchford and Tin-Tin Ho 3-2.

The Drinkhalls claimed the first game 11-7 before stretching their lead with a comfortable 11-3 win in the second.

However, Ho and Pitchford fought back well and won the next two to level the match at 2-2.

They then claimed first blood in game five but a pumped-up Paul Drinkhall claimed the next point before a missed shot put the married pair ahead.

A 2-1 lead quickly translated to a 5-1 advantage, with the Drinkhalls wrapping up victory by an 11-5 margin in the fifth.

England secured two medals in powerlifting as Natalie Blake took a silver and IPC world champion Ali Jawad a bronze.

Blake was a morning winner in the women's lightweight competition, while Jawad was successful in the men's equivalent in the afternoon.

England suffered the cruellest of semi-final heartbreaks in netball as they slipped to an agonising last-second defeat to New Zealand to miss out on their first ever gold-medal match.

For the second time in the tournament, England wasted a golden chance to pull off one of their greatest ever results, losing possession in the final moments to gift their opponents and two-time reigning champions a 35-34 victory.

Against Australia in the pool stage, Jo Harten's miss cost England dear. On this occasion a turnover following an error from Kadeen Corbeen gave Maria Tutaia the chance to make the winning shot and leave England crestfallen.

Tom Daley responded strongly after again hitting a stumbling block on his nemesis dive to qualify in first place in defence of his 10 metres platform title in Edinburgh.

Daley has had trouble when it comes to the 'twister' - a back two-and-a-half somersault with two-and-a-half twists - and scored just 37.80, after landing with quite a splash.

But he shrugged off the poor plunge to finish with a total of 488.85 to go through in first place, with Matthew Mitcham of Australia, the 2008 Olympic champion, second with 450.80.

In the badminton competition, Chris and Gabby Adcock remained on course for gold after powering through a potentially tricky semi-final against Scottish rivals Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier (21-14 21-14).

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