Claressa Shields earns London spot

Updated: May 19, 2012, 2:04 PM ET
Associated Press

QINHUANGDAO, China -- Claressa Shields has earned a shot to box for gold at the London Games.

USA Boxing spokeswoman Julie Goldsticker confirmed Friday that Shields qualified for the Olympics by being a top-two finisher from the Americas at the world women's boxing championships in China.

The 17-year-old, 165-pound middleweight from Flint, Mich., called her coach, Jason Crutchfield, earlier in the day to share the news. She is a junior at Flint Northwestern High School.

Shields won a title at the American Boxing Confederation's Women's Elite Continental Championships last month.


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