Claressa Shields successfully defends her Olympic championship

Claressa Shields defends Olympic championship

In an unprecedented and unsurprising battle for Olympic gold, Claressa Shields retained her Olympic championship in women’s middleweight boxing and became a two time boxing gold medalist.

Shields showed her trademark strength in the ring, never letting her opponent Nouchka Fontijn (NED) get ahead of her in the scoreboard. 

Shields is the first American to earn two gold medals in boxing in over a century, and is the first U.S. boxer to successfully defend an Olympic title. 

This match was a rematch of sorts as, Fontijn faced Shields earlier this year in the finals of the 2016 World Championships. Fontijn also lost out there when matched with Shields’ strength in the ring. 

Women’s Middleweight

Gold: Claressa Shields (USA)

Silver: Nouchka Fontijn (NED) 

Bronze: Li Qian (CHN)

Bronze: Dariga Shakimova (KAZ) provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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