August 9, 2012
Claressa Shields (R) of the United States celebrates defeating Nadezda Torlopova (L) of Russia during the Women’s Middle (75kg) Boxing final bout on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 9. PHOTO/GETTY IMAGES
If you didn’t already know who Claressa Shields was, you should now! Today, this 17-year-old from Michigan became a gold medal winner in women’s middleweight boxing—the first time a U.S. woman has ever won gold in the event.
She beat out 33-year-old Russian competitor Nadezda Torlopova by a score of 19-12.
>> Follow Claressa on Twitter @Claressashields.
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