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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Teen boxer upset, Olympic dreams on hold
Claressa Shields, a junior at Northwestern (Flint, Mich.) who has been boxing since she was 9, suffered her first loss in China.
, a 17-year-old boxer from Flint, Mich., and the top-ranked American in her weight class, was upset at the Women's World Boxing Championships in Qinhuangdao, China.
Shields was trying to clinch a berth to the London Olympics with a top-eight finish in the single-elimination tournament. The loss to England's Savannah Marshall was Shields' first loss as an amateur.
, Shields' hopes now rest with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Tripartite Commission, which will add a fighter to each weight class after the world championships.
"It would mean everything to me to get a spot so that people could stop calling me an 'Olympic hopeful,' " Shields said prior to the championships. "I know I can do it."