Claressa Shields of Flint will fight for a gold medal on Thursday afternoon in London, after downing Kazakhstan’s Marina Volnova, 29-15, in the semifinals of the Olympics’ middleweight tournament.
Shields will take on Nadezda Torlopova from Russia in that final; Torlopova defeated China’s Li Jinzi in the semifinals.
Shields won each of the four rounds in her bout against Volnova, jumping out to a 7-5 lead after the first, then extending it to 12-8 after the second. She dominated the third round, scoring an 8-3 edge there, to take a commanding 20-11 advantage into the final round.
The 17-year-old Shields will be a senior at Flint Southwestern High School in the fall. She has already guaranteed herself a medal in women’s boxing’s first appearance at the Games. The U.S. men’s team was shut out of the medals.