Mar­shall edges closer to medals

The Daily Telegraph - Total Football - - RIO 2016 - By Ben Rumsby in Rio de Janeiro

It is hard to think of a Bri­tish ath­lete who was more fan­cied to win a medal at Lon­don 2012 but failed to de­liver than Sa­van­nah Mar­shall.

That might ex­plain why it took the coun­try’s first fe­male box­ing world cham­pion two years to get over de­feat on her Games de­but.

De­spite win­ning Com­mon­wealth gold two years ago and world bronze three months ago, yes­ter­day’s mid­dleweight bout with Swe­den’s Anna Lau­rell Nash was a shot at redemp­tion for the 25-year-old.

Mar­shall was fight­ing for a place in the last eight, know­ing another vic­tory would be re­quired be­fore a podium place could be se­cured.

And it will be just one more win needed af­ter she sur­vived a firstround scare to beat Lau­rell Nash by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion.

Nash was awarded the first round by the trio of judges. But Mar­shall kept her com­po­sure and be­gan to land some ma­jor blows on the counter to square the con­test in round two.

From there, she did not look back al­though full con­cen­tra­tion was re­quired to see out the con­test, which all three judges awarded her 39-37.

Her next bout will take place on Wed­nes­day when she will fight Nouchka Fon­tijn of the Nether­lands for that elu­sive medal.

The other Bri­ton to fight last night, Joshua Bu­atsi, was look­ing to se­cure Bri­tain’s first box­ing medal of the Rio Games in his light heavy­weight quar­ter-fi­nal against Al­ge­ria’s Ab­del­hafid Bench­abla.

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