Flint's Claressa Shields to serve as flag bearer at Pan-Am close

The Detroit News

Flint's Claressa Shields, who won the first Pan American Games gold medal in women's boxing, has been selected to lead Team USA into Sunday's closing ceremony for the 2015 Toronto Games as the flag bearer.

Shields, who defeated the Dominican Republic's Yenebier Guillen in a unanimous decision in the middleweight gold medal bout Friday, was chosen for the game's closing honors in a vote by her U.S. Pan American teammates.

"I'm so honored to have been chosen by my fellow Team USA athletes to be the flag bearer," Shields said. "There were so many great nominees for this honor and it is a privilege to carry the our flag in the closing ceremony. I'm really excited."

With her victory Friday, Shields became the first American to win titles in women's boxing at the Olympics and Pan American games. She plans on defending her Olympic title in Rio de Janeiro.

The closing ceremonies start at 6:45 p.m. at the Pan American Ceremonies venue. Serena Ryder, Pitbulls and Kanye West will be among the performers.