Claressa Shields, 17, will be going back to Flint with a whole lot of glint.
The senior-to-be at Northwestern (Flint, Mich.) defeated 33-year-old Russian Nadezda Torlopova 19-12 on Thursday to win the gold medal in boxing's middleweight division at the London Olympics. This is the first time women's boxing has been a medal sport at the Olympics.
After getting a first-round bye, Shields beat 32-year-old Anna Laurell of Sweden 18-14 in the quarterfinals and 23-year-old Marina Volnova of Kazakhstan 29-15 in the semifinals.
Shields, the youngest member of the United States boxing team, was the only American fighter, man or woman, to win gold.
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