LONDON — Throughout the Olympics’ first women’s boxing tournament, U.S. middleweight Claressa Shields would refer to the ultimate prize as “my gold medal.” After Thursday, she can proudly claim that it is.
Shields, 17, defeated Nadezda Torlopova of Russia on Thursday night, 19-12, to claim the gold medal in the middleweight division, in the Olympic event’s inaugural year. She’s the second-youngest fighter to win gold in either men’s or women’s boxing.
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