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Olympics 2012: Claressa Shields Advances To Women's Boxing Gold Medal Match

On Wednesday, Claressa Shields defeated Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova in the semifinal round of the women's boxing tournament during the 2012 Olympic Games in London to advance to the gold medal round.

If the 17-year-old Flint, Michigan, native can defeat Russia's Nadezda Torlopova on Thursday, she will be the first woman ever to win a middleweight gold medal at the Olympic Games, as this is the event's inaugural year.

Via the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

"I'm still kind of shocked," Shields said. "I'm thinking in my head, 'Is it really true? Am I fighting for a gold medal tomorrow?'"

In her bout against Volnova, Shields dominated the match, winning by a score of 29-15. The United States representative used her speed and quickness to defeat Volnova's defenses.

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