Two silver medals for Russia in women’s boxing
In women’s middleweight boxing (75kg) young American talent Claressa Shields faced Russia’s Nadezda Torlopova. In a four-round match Shields showed high speed and precise attack tactics resulting in another gold for USA, and more importantly Shields’s additional title of the second youngest boxer to win an Olympic gold.
In first round the 17-year-old Shields viciously tried to attack Torlopova, but having more experience, Torlopova kept the distance not allowing Shields to complete her attacks. First round ended with a draw (3-3). In second round both athletes threw strong punches but Shields's high speed and unexpected uppercuts earned her additional 7 points against Torlopova’s 4 points (10-7). In round three Shields managed to cut the distance landing a successful attack on the Russian boxer. Judges gave 5 points to Shields against Trolopova’s 3 points (15-10). Shields finished fourth and final round by adding 4 points. Among first row spectators was Muhammad Ali’s daughter and an outstanding female boxer Laila Ali, rutting for the young athlete.
Previously today in a fierce fight Ireland’s female boxer Katie Taylor defeated Russia’s Sofia Ochigava in women’s lightweight boxing (60kg) stealing first place. Taylor won the event with a total score of 10-8 after four rounds.
With a total score of 19-12 Nadezda Torlopova won second boxing silver of the day. Bronze goes to China’s Jinzi Li and Kazakhstan’s Marina Volnova.