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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Claressa Shields to fight for Olympic gold


Claressa Shields, the youngest member of the United States boxing team, is the only one left standing at the London Olympics.

The 17-year-old from Flint, Mich., beat Kazakhstan’s Marina Volnova in the semifinals of the middleweight division on Wednesday to advance to Thursday's gold-medal match, where she will face 33-year-old Russian Nadezda Torlopova.

Shields, a senior-to-be at Northwestern (Flint, Mich.) who has been boxing since she was 9, beat Volnova 29-15.