| 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 (14 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to the quarter-finals.

Match #1 Claressa ShieldsUSA Bye
Match #2 Yaroslava YakushinaRUS Chen Nien-ChinTPE Decision (3 - 0)
Match #3 1 Dariga ShakimovaKAZ 2Ariane FortinCAN Decision (2 - 1)
Match #4 Khadija MardiMAR Bye
Match #5 Li QianCHN Bye
Match #6 3 Andreia BandeiraBRA 4Atheyna BylonPAN Decision (2 - 1)
Match #7 Savannah MarshallGBR Anna NashSWE Decision (3 - 0)
Match #8 Nouchka FontijnNED Bye

Quarter-Finals (17 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to the semi-finals.

Match #1 Claressa ShieldsUSA Yaroslava YakushinaRUS Decision (3 - 0)
Match #2 Dariga ShakimovaKAZ Khadija MardiMAR Decision (3 - 0)
Match #3 Li QianCHN Andreia BandeiraBRA Decision (3 - 0)
Match #4 Nouchka FontijnNED Savannah MarshallGBR Decision (2 - 0)

Semi-Finals (19 August 2016)

Winner of each match advanced to the final match.

Match #1 Claressa ShieldsUSA Dariga ShakimovaKAZ Decision (3 - 0)
Match #2 Nouchka FontijnNED Li QianCHN Decision (2 - 1)

Final Round (21 August 2016)

Match 1/2 Claressa ShieldsUSA Nouchka FontijnNED Decision (3 - 0)