Seventeen-year-old Claressa Shields has won the first US women’s gold medal in boxing.
And her hometown of Flint is celebrating. Residents came together to watch Claressa’s triumph in a standing-room-only bar downtown. Everyone was there, from the mayor, to families with babies strapped into high chairs.
Flint’s Olympic female boxer Claressa Shields will fight for a gold medal. The boxer's family and friends gathered to watch their hometown athlete in her semifinal match this morning.
It was an all-out brawl of a fight, fast and breathless and dominated by Shields. She took down Kazakhstan’s Marina Volnova 29 to 15.
Cheers erupted from the crowd of supporters packed into a bar in downtown Flint. Marcella Adams is Shields’ mother. She says she may just pass out if her daughter wins the gold.“I might just faint! I almost fainted right here!”
Flint's hometown darling, 17-year old boxer Claressa Shields, will be heading to London this summer to compete for Olympic gold.
The Detroit Free press reports that Shields confirmed the news from Qinhuangdao, China where she had been competing in the AIBA women's world championships.
From the Freep:
Shields earned her spot into the Games when England's Savannah Marshall -- who defeated Shields in the second round earlier this week -- won her semifinal match today and advanced to the finals of the middleweight division.
Despite her early round loss, the Free Press writes, standings worked in Shields' favor and she earned one of the few Olympic berths from continental America.
Women's boxing will be making it's Olympic debut in London.
The owners of the Pontiac Silverdome are making plans for the aging football stadium’s first significant sporting event since they bought it over a year ago. But the event is more about raising the Silverdome’s profile than making a lot of money.
When a Toronto developer bought the 80 thousand seat stadium last year for about 600 thousand dollars…he said he had big plans. But during the past year…the Silverdome has played host to only minor events.