| Event type

Middleweight (69-75 kilograms), Women

Date14 – 21 August 2016
LocationRiocentro Pavilhão 6, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants12 from 12 countries
FormatSingle elimination tournament.

Claressa Shields had been utterly dominant in her division since winning the 2012 Olympic title and had never remotely looked like losing even a single bout since then. As such she arrived in Rio as world champion, top seed and one of the hottest favourites of the entire Games. She did not disappoint.

Three successive points victories gave Shields the gold in Rio as she defeated opponents from Russia and Kazakhstan before turning back the challenge of Dutch fighter Nouchka Fontijn in the final. Fontijn fought bravely but could not match the accuracy or aggression of the 22-year-old from Flint, Michigan.

Shields was awarded the newly inaugurated women’s version of the Val Barker Trophy for the most stylish boxer of the 2016 Olympics. With her career record standing at 78 wins from 79 bouts in “amateur” boxing, she then felt it was time to jump to the pro ranks and made her professional debut in November 2016.

1Claressa ShieldsUSAGold
2Nouchka FontijnNEDSilver
=3Dariga ShakimovaKAZBronze
=3Li QianCHNBronze
=5Yaroslava YakushinaRUS
=5Khadija MardiMAR
=5Andreia BandeiraBRA
=5Savannah MarshallGBR
=9Chen Nien-ChinTPE
=9Ariane FortinCAN
=9Atheyna BylonPAN
=9Anna NashSWE

Round One

Date14 August 2016
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.
Match #1Claressa ShieldsUSA
Match #214 Aug 11:00Yaroslava YakushinaRUSDecisionChen Nien-ChinTPE
Match #314 Aug 11:16Dariga ShakimovaKAZDecisionAriane FortinCAN
Match #4Khadija MardiMAR
Match #5Li QianCHN
Match #614 Aug 17:00Andreia BandeiraBRADecisionAtheyna BylonPAN
Match #714 Aug 17:17Savannah MarshallGBRDecisionAnna NashSWE
Match #8Nouchka FontijnNED


Date17 August 2016
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.
Match #117 Aug 14:30Claressa ShieldsUSADecisionYaroslava YakushinaRUS
Match #217 Aug 14:45Dariga ShakimovaKAZDecisionKhadija MardiMAR
Match #317 Aug 15:04Li QianCHNDecisionAndreia BandeiraBRA
Match #417 Aug 15:20Nouchka FontijnNEDDecisionSavannah MarshallGBR


Date19 August 2016
FormatWinner of each match advanced to the final match.
Match #119 Aug 15:42Claressa ShieldsUSADecisionDariga ShakimovaKAZ
Match #219 Aug 15:59Nouchka FontijnNEDDecisionLi QianCHN

Final Round

Date21 August 2016
Match 1/221 Aug 14:00Claressa ShieldsUSADecisionNouchka FontijnNED