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China, Kazakhstan Claim Boxing Bronzes

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Li Jinzi of China and Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova claimed bronze medals in the women's Olympic boxing tournament on Wednesday after losing their semifinals in the middleweight division.

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Li Jinzi of China and Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova claimed bronze medals in the women's Olympic boxing tournament on Wednesday after losing their semifinals in the middleweight division.

Li was defeated in a close contest with Russia's No. 2 seed Nadezhda Torlopova. Li took the first round 4-3 but lost the next two and drew the fourth for a 12-10 loss.

"I pushed myself too quickly and didn't manage my rhythm. I feel ashamed I couldn't win," Li said, adding that she had fought with an injured left arm.

"She is good, but I don't think she will win the final," Li said of Torlopova.

Volnova, meanwhile, was destroyed 29-15 by the tournament's youngest boxer, America's 17-year-old fighter Claressa Shields.

Volnova did well to make it that far, upsetting British world champion Savannah Marshall 16-12 in the early rounds.

"I did all I could, but it was difficult to match the American's punches," Volnova said.

Shields said she was looking forward to Thursday's final.

"I cannot believe I am here because this is my dream and tomorrow I am going to fight my heart out."

Torlopova said she was ready for her youthful opponent: "She is very young and I have not fought her before, but I think experience will beat youth."

Women's boxing is making its debut in the Olympics this year. Bouts consist of four two-minute rounds, as opposed to the three three-minute rounds for the men.

Both semifinal losers are awarded bronze medals, with the winners battling it out for gold and silver.