A sweaty but beaming Adams told the BBC immediately after her boxing victory: “I’m so happy to be in the final. All I want to do is make my mum proud and my friends and family and I think I have done that today!”

When asked if she would now like to win the Olympic gold when she faces Ren Cancan in the women’s boxing final, Adams replied: “That would mean the world to me.”

The match was by no means guaranteed as Indian boxer Kom is an experienced fighter. Spectators including David Cameron watched with bated breath as Kom walked confidently into the ring, followed by a determined-looking Adams.

Adams is the last female British boxer left in the London 2012 Games after the elimination of Natasha Jonas and Savannah Marshall at the quarter-final stage.

The 29-year-old flyweight (51kg) met a tough opponent in Mary Kom, who has far more experience that the British boxer.

Even before the bout, however, Nicola Adams had faith in herself, claiming “this is my time”.

And who are we to argue.