Claressa Shields has become the first American boxer of either gender to win two Olympic boxing gold medals. Shields beat Netherlands fighter Nouchka Fontijn on Sunday by unanimous decision to win her second middleweight gold. She was the star of the London Games and again was the class of her division.
The 21-year-old Flint, Michigan native, raised her arms in the corner toward friends and family in the stands after the third round. The fourth round was simply a coronation for a fighter who put women's boxing on the map. Women's boxing made its debut at the London Games.
Shields rocked Fontijn with a big right to the face in the second round that jolted the crowd. She gestured toward Fontijn to come fight in the fourth round. By then, it was way too late for Fontijn. She performed a cartwheel in the ring, then took a victory lap with the American flag on her back.
And back in Mid-Michigan the crowd at the watch party at Berston Field House in Flint went wild when she walked away with gold.
Briana Shields was on the edge of her seat watching her big sister make Olympic history.
“She gone and trained everyday, everyday of the year! For the past four years just for this. Everyday, 24/7. Everyday. She deserved it,” Shields said.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said Shield’s win is a symbolic victory.
“One of the things it shows us is to have faith in yourself and confidence in yourself and believe in yourself, and never give up. You can accomplish whatever you want. And she has shown us that she is strong and she is a metaphor for Flint. As far as we keep saying Flint strong, and tough as Flint, and how resilient we are. And she has shown everybody that we are!.”
Shield’s brother and sister both said this win was for everyone in Flint.
“They can do anything you set your mind to. If you want to do something, you can do it! Whether it’s a male sport, or a female sport. It doesn’t matter what sport it is, anybody can do it,” Shield’s brother, Dusable Lewis said.
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