Flint’s Claressa Shields Wins Olympic Gold!
Claressa Shields did it! The 17-year-old Flint native beat her Russian opponent and scored a gold medal! The score, 19-12, gave her the middleweight title at the London Olympics. This is the first time women’s boxing was contested.
Shields has gone where few U.S. men have gone in the past two decades. Only the seventh U.S. boxer to reach a gold-medal bout since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, she became the first U.S. gold medalist since light heavyweight Andre Ward at the 2004 Athens Olympics. In London, for the first time at an Olympics, the U.S. men’s team failed to win a single medal.
[Detroit Free Press]