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Boxing at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Middleweight

Boxing at the 2012 Summer Games:

Events:
Phases:

Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: August 1, 2012
Date Finished: August 12, 2012
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: USA Claressa Shields
Silver: RUS Nadezhda Torlopova
Bronze: CHN Li Jinzi
KAZ Marina Volnova

Summary

Unlike the flyweight and lightweight classes of women’s boxing, the middleweight division provided a succession of upsets. Firstly the two women who contested the World Championship final three months earlier were both eliminated in their first contests with the biggest shock coming when World Champion Savannah Marshall of Great Britain was outpointed by Kazakhstan’s Marina Volnova.

The main beneficiary of these surprises was 17-year-old American Claressa Shields.

Shields’ career record had only one blemish, a defeat to Marshall during the latter’s run to the world title, and with the Briton dispatched from the competition the teenager made the most of her chance. When she defeated Russia’s Nadezhda Torlopova by a clear seven point margin she became the youngest Olympic boxing champion since her compatriot Jackie Fields at the 1924 Games in Paris.

A month after her Olympic triumph she returned to Flint Northwestern High School to complete her studies.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Claressa Shields 17 United States USA Gold
2 Nadezhda Torlopova 33 Russia RUS Silver
3T Marina Volnova 22 Kazakhstan KAZ Bronze
3T Li Jinzi 22 China CHN Bronze
5T Savannah Marshall 21 Great Britain GBR
5T Anna Laurell 32 Sweden SWE
5T Mary Spencer 27 Canada CAN
5T Edith Ogoke 21 Nigeria NGR
9T Elizabeth Andiego 25 Kenya KEN
9T Naomi-Lee Fischer-Rasmussen 28 Australia AUS
9T Roseli Feitosa 23 Brazil BRA
9T Yelena Vıstropova 23 Azerbaijan AZE