Flyweight Olympic boxer Marlen Esparza might have lost her semifinal Olympic match today, but she will forever live in the history books as the very first woman to earn a boxing medal for the United States.
In what turned out to be a close match, Esparza lost her semifinal fight, 10- 8, against China’s three time world champion Ren Cancan.
The 23-year-old boxer had a slow start, falling behind to a 7-4 after the second round. The CoverGirl model went on to win her third round and attempted to catch up by the fourth, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap and win the match.
“I can’t be anger [sic] about getting any medal at all but [bronze] wasn’t my goal,” Esparza said just minutes after her match.
The Houston native began boxing in 2002 and since then she has collected a number of titles, including: four U.S. championship titles, a gold medal from the 2008 Pan American Games and a Bronze medal in the 2006 World Championships.
Esparza claims she won’t return to the Rio Games in 2016, and has claimed that this was her final match of her career. As for what she will do in the future, she has said in the past that she plans to continue her education and attend medical school, with the goal of becoming an anesthesiologist.
The U.S. Boxing Team still has a chance of coming home with a gold medal. Rising high school senior Claressa Shields will fight in the women’s middle weight final on Thursday against Russian Opponent Nadezda Torlopova.