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Claressa Shields, Marlen Esparza bring home gold for U.S. women

Claressa Shields, Marlen Esparza bring home gold for U.S. women
Claressa Shields, shown celebrating her gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games. (Alberto Pizzoli / AFP / Getty Images)

The U.S. was hoping for big-time performances from its two best boxers at the women's world championships.

And that's exactly what the Americans got.

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Olympic medalists Claressa Shields and Marlen Esparza won their divisions in Jeju, South Korea, on Monday, giving their country its first double gold at the worlds.

"It really hasn't hit me yet," Esparza said. "But I'm so happy."

The teenaged Shields -- who won gold at the 2012 London Games -- finished an impressive week with a unanimous decision over China's Qian Li in the middleweight division. She was named outstanding boxer of the tournament.

Esparza had a tougher bout, taking a split decision over Lisa Jane Whiteside of England to add a world title to her Olympic bronze from two years ago.

"I think my experience really played a big role in this tournament," the flyweight said. "My nerves have impacted me in the past but because I've been here so many times before, it wasn't as nerve-racking."

Tiara Brown added a bronze medal for the U.S.

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