Claressa Shields, 17, clobbered her opponent–Marina Volnova, 29-15, last night in the 2012 London Olympics, becoming the first woman to win a gold medal in the boxing sport! Up until this year, the Olympics have not allowed women to compete for medals.
Shields, who started boxing at 11-years-old, giggled as she was presented with her medal.
She wasn’t the only person to make history yesterday. Usain Bolt became the first man to win back-to-back gold medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints!
His win was later overshadowed by controversy after he said this about legendary US runner Carl Lewis:
“I’m going to say something controversial right now, Carl Lewis – I have no respect for him.”
Lewis, the only other man to win two Olympic 100m gold medals, was among Bolt’s greatest sprinters of all time.
“The things he (Lewis) says about the track athletes, it’s really downgrading for another athlete to be saying something like that about other athletes. I think he is just looking for attention really because nobody really talks much about him,” Bolt said.
CONGRATS to both athletes!
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3. Lia Neal
Specialty: Swimming. This Brooklyn native father is black and her mother is Chinese. She is considered the second black woman to make the US Olympic swim team. When Neal made the team Alicia Keys congratulated her on Twitter.
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Specialty: Track and Field. She grew up in a very poor household but was able to get a scholarship to LSU to run track. In the 2008 Olympics, Lolo tripped over a hurdle in the 100m, ruining her chance at a medal. This year is her time for gold.
6. Maya Moore
Specialty: Basketball. Maya Moore is one of the best female basketball players to ever play in college. She took UConn to back to back national championships while scoring an average of 20 points a game. We're sure nothing is going to slow her down at her first Olympics.
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Specialty: Track and Field. Jeter won the 100m race at the Olympic trials, running it in 10.92 seconds. She beat Marion Jones' 100m record in 2009, making her the second fastest woman ever.
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9. Paige McPherson
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