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England's Nicola Adams became the first female boxing champion at the Commonwealth Games after beating Michaela Walsh in the women's flyweight final.

Adams, who triumphed at the London 2012 Olympics, was awarded a split-decision victory over her opponent from Northern Ireland to secure the 50th gold medal for Team England at this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

"I'm absolutely over the moon. I'm overwhelmed, I can't believe it," a delighted Adams told BBC Sport.

Adams has lost just one match since her triumph in London two years ago - which came in the quarter-finals of the European Championships in June.

"The support I have had, I'd like to say thank you to everyone who has turned up today and to those who have supported from home," Adams added.

"I knew it was close through the rounds but I thought I had done enough to just take it. It's definitely been a Scottish rumble in the jungle."

Walsh disagreed with the decision to award Adams the win and felt she had been "cheated".

"It was a close fight but I wanted it that wee bit more," a disappointed Walsh said.

"She is Olympic champion and the two judges had it level, but I know in my heart I won the fight. I'd like to say congratulations to Nicola Adams, she is a great boxer for women's boxing but I do feel I have been cheated of the gold."

Meanwhile, former world and Commonwealth champion Amantle Montsho has been provisionally suspended after failing a drugs test following the women's 400m final.

The 31 year old from Bostwana finished fourth in the race last Tuesday and the A sample tested positive for banned stimulant methylhexaneamine. Her B sample will be tested on Monday.

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