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Middleweight (69-75 kilograms), Women

Date1 – 12 August 2012
LocationExCeL, Newham, London
Participants12 from 12 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

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.

1Claressa ShieldsUSAGold
2Nadezhda TorlopovaRUSSilver
=3Marina VolnovaKAZBronze
=3Li JinziCHNBronze
=5Savannah MarshallGBR
=5Anna LaurellSWE
=5Mary SpencerCAN
=5Edith OgokeNGR
=9Elizabeth AndiegoKEN
=9Naomi-Lee Fischer-RasmussenAUS
=9Roseli FeitosaBRA
=9Yelena VıstropovaAZE

Round One

Date1 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #101 AugSavannah MarshallGBR
Match #201 AugMarina VolnovaKAZDecisionElizabeth AndiegoKEN
Match #301 AugAnna LaurellSWEDecisionNaomi-Lee Fischer-RasmussenAUS
Match #401 AugClaressa ShieldsUSA
Match #501 AugMary SpencerCAN
Match #601 AugLi JinziCHNDecisionRoseli FeitosaBRA
Match #701 AugEdith OgokeNGRDecisionYelena VıstropovaAZE
Match #801 AugNadezhda TorlopovaRUS


Date6 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #106 AugMarina VolnovaKAZDecisionSavannah MarshallGBR
Match #206 AugClaressa ShieldsUSADecisionAnna LaurellSWE
Match #306 AugLi JinziCHNDecisionMary SpencerCAN
Match #406 AugNadezhda TorlopovaRUSDecisionEdith OgokeNGR


Date10 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final match.
Match #110 AugClaressa ShieldsUSADecisionMarina VolnovaKAZ
Match #210 AugNadezhda TorlopovaRUSDecisionLi JinziCHN

Final Round

Date12 August 2012
Match 1/212 AugClaressa ShieldsUSADecisionNadezhda TorlopovaRUS