American Boxer Claressa Shields Made History With Her Second Olympic Gold
We've talked a lot about Team USA making history this Olympics, because, well, those athletes just can't be stopped (U-S-A!). And now there's another entry for the record books: Boxer Claressa Shields defeated Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands on Sunday to win the women's middleweight boxing event. In doing so, she defended her London 2012 title, becoming the first American boxer to win back-to-back gold medals. It also brings her record to a seriously superhuman 77-1 (her only loss came before the London Games).
The win was a unanimous decision from the match's judges, and after the ref raised her arms, Shields took a victory run around the arena, hoisting the American flag as she circled around. During the medal ceremony, she pulled her London 2012 medal out of her pocket in a celebration of her incredible accomplishment.
"I'm the two-time Olympic champion!" the Flint, Mich., native said, according to USA Today. "Oh my God, I feel like I'm dreaming. I don't want to wake up right now. Please tell me I'm not dreaming."
After her victory, Shields was also awarded the trophy for "Most Outstanding Boxer" at the Rio Games.
Shields had previously beaten Fontijn two months ago — with an injured hand and shoulder — to score her second world championship.
The most consecutive gold medals ever won by any Olympic boxer is three — so needless to say, we're looking forward to the 2020 Tokyo Games to see what Shields has in store.
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