Rio ’16: Final Boxing Results (Day 7-16)
In spite of losing three rounds to none in his final bout of Olympic boxing, Nico Hernandez was the first American to take home a boxing medal with his bronze during Day 7. After an also successful start, Carlos Balderas was eliminated during the same day at the hands of Cuba’s Lázaro Álvarez in a unanimous decision loss.
“I’m disappointed,” Coach Billy Walsh said to the Washington Post. “I expected and hoped we’d get two of them through and at least one of them through.”
Mikaela Mayer took the only victory, also a UD, in the Women’s Lightweight (60 kg) by defeating Jennifer Chieng of Micronesia. Antonio Vargas, Shakur Stevenson, and Gary Antuanne Russell all got the nod from judges between Day 8 and 9. Vargas and Mayer were sent home after Day 10 with Russell following on Day 11.
Stevenson then took home a silver medal for the U.S. at Men’s Bantamweight (75 kg) during Day 15.
In the only gold medal-winning performance of the 2016 games, Claressa Shields made history by becoming the first U.S. boxer (man or woman) to win back-to-back golds.
“I’m the two-time Olympic champion!” Shields said later, topping the Netherland’s Nouchka Fontijn in the Women’s Middleweight (75-kilogram) final 3-0. “Oh my God, I feel like I’m dreaming. I don’t want to wake up right now. Please tell me I’m not dreaming.”