Published August 08, 2012
For the first time ever, the United States men will not medal in boxing. Their final chance at a medal was dashed on Tuesday, when welterweight Errol Spence was defeated by Russian boxer Andrey Zamkovoy. He was the last American man remaining, and his defeat in the quarterfinals ensured a medal shutout. SB Nation's boxing blog Bad Left Hook recapped the fight.
Spence gave an effort but never looked totally comfortable in there. Zamkovoy was more polished, which has been a problem in Beijing and London for the American team, and that comes down to coaching and the system itself more than our athletes.
In the women's tournament, two Americans remain and will compete in the semifinals on Wednesday. Marlen Esparza takes on Cancan Ren of China in the women's 51kg Flyweight competition, while Claressa Shields fights Marina Volnova of Kazakhstan in the women's 75kg Middleweight tournament.
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