(08/06/12) - Claressa Shields made her Olympic debut Monday, and is on track to win gold - beating her opponent in the quarterfinals.
She won 18-14 over Anna Laurell of Sweden.
She will now compete against Marina Volnova from Kazakhstan in the semifinals.
Her dad, and dozens of others, watched every move of the quarterfinals Monday at a viewing party at Blackstones in downtown Flint.
The crowd started gathering at 8 a.m., and it was a packed house. Her dad, step mother, siblings, nieces and nephews were all there cheering on the female boxing sensation.
Her dad - a former boxer - eagerly waiting for his daughter, T-Rex, to step into the ring.
"I'm happy, I don't think I've smiled this much in a couple months," he said.
Shortly before noon, the online broadcast of the match began, and the crowd erupted.
The moment Shields appeared on camera brought her dad to tears.
Shield's opponent was noticeably larger, yet her dad's confidence never wavered.
"I know she's big, but she ain't gonna slap you around," he said.
It was a tense first three rounds. Going into the fourth - a tie score.
Shields made several hard hits in the fourth, making her the clear winner. Then, an emotional burst of pride.
In the first year of female Olympic boxing, this win is historic.
Shields follows in the footsteps of other Flint Olympic boxers, but she may be the first to bring home gold.
"She says she's not coming home without a gold medal," he father said. "That's what she told [me], she ain't coming home without gold."
Shields now heads to the semifinals, but she is already a medalist. Because of Monday's win in the quarterfinals, she can do no worse than a bronze medal.
Claressa will step into the ring again on Wednesday for the semifinals. If she wins there, then it's onto the championship match Thursday.
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