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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Teen boxer upset, Olympic dreams on hold


Claressa Shields
Claressa Shields, a junior at Northwestern (Flint, Mich.) who has been boxing since she was 9, suffered her first loss in China.
Claressa Shields, 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.

According to MLive, 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."