Marshall edges closer to medals
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.