US Women's Boxing Goes Twice Gold Thanks To Clarissa Shields
In order to become the first American boxer to capture back-to-back gold medals and cap the US boxing team’s most prolific Olympics in nearly a generation, Claressa Shields beat distractions, nerves and a top-flight opponent. With a unanimous-decision win over second-seeded Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands before a lively crowd at Riocentro, the American middleweight lived up to her world No1 ranking in the 75kg division. After the result was announced Shields dropped to one knee in joy then turned a cartwheel. She then climbed out of the ring and lapped it full sprint with an American flag in tow. The display was the latest peak in a four-year run at the summit of women’s boxing.
Claressa Shields became the first-ever U.S. boxer to win back-to-back gold medals, dominating Netherlands fighter Nouchka Fontijn in the women’s 75 kg final.
Shields won by unanimous decision, showing the kind of speed and power that has made her the pound-for-pound best female fighter in the world over the past four years.
“I did it,” Shields said on NBC’s telecast after the fight. “I wanted it to be known that I’m not just a great female boxer. I’m one of the greatest boxers to ever live.”
She celebrated with a cartwheel.
The 21-year-old Shields improved her record to 77-1 and is the first fighter, male or female, to win consecutive Olympic gold medals.
Only former U.S. boxer Oliver Kirk has won two Olympic titles – he won a gold as a bantamweight and featherweight in 1904.