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Claressa Shields Wins Gold Medal In Olympics Women's Boxing Middleweight Division (PHOTOS)

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Claressa Shields of the USA celebrates her gold medal victory over Nadezda Torlopova of Russia in the women's boxing Middleweight final of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the ExCel Arena August 9, 2012 in London. American teenager Claressa Shields won the first ever women's Olympic middleweight final with a 19-12 win over Russia's Nadezda Torlopova. At 17 years and 145 days, Shields is the youngest boxer to win an Olympic gold medal since compatriot John Fields won the featherweight title at th
Claressa Shields of the USA celebrates her gold medal victory over Nadezda Torlopova of Russia in the women's boxing Middleweight final of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the ExCel Arena August 9, 2012 in London. American teenager Claressa Shields won the first ever women's Olympic middleweight final with a 19-12 win over Russia's Nadezda Torlopova. At 17 years and 145 days, Shields is the youngest boxer to win an Olympic gold medal since compatriot John Fields won the featherweight title at th

LONDON -- U.S. middleweight Claressa Shields won the Olympic gold medal Thursday, capping her swift rise to the top of women's boxing with a 19-12 victory over Russia's Nadezda Torlopova.

The 17-year-old Shields shuffled, danced and slugged her way past her 33-year-old opponent, showing off the free-spirited style and brute strength that made her unbeatable at the London Games.

Shields even stuck her tongue out at Torlopova after ducking a few punches in the final round.

The teenager won the 12-member American team's only gold medal in London. The winningest nation in Olympic boxing history got no medals from its men's team for the first time, and flyweight Marlen Esparza won a bronze.

Shields has been on the international boxing scene for less than two years, but the Flint, Mich., native is among its fastest-rising stars. She lost early in the world championships, yet still qualified for the Olympics.

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