Shields is the Olympic Middleweight Champion

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  • LONDON (AP) — 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.

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