19th May 2012

Savannah Marshall became Britain’s first female boxing world champion on Saturday (May 19) when she beat Azerbaijan’s Elena Vystropova at middleweight in Quinhuangdao, China, on her 21st birthday.

Marshall won a silver in the same tournament two years ago and give herself the perfect birthday present and book her place at London 2012, when she will make her Olympic debut at London 2012.

Lightweight Natasha Jonas won bronze in China while European champion Nicola Adams claimed flyweight silver, beaten 14-10 by home favourite Ren Cancan in her final.

“It’s been an amazing week and to come away as world champion and with a place at the Olympics is pretty incredible,” said Marshall.

“It’s great to go one better than the last time and now I am just looking forward to the Olympics and making sure I am in the best possible shape to be successful again in London.”

Adams was unlucky not to win a gold but quickly turned her own thoughts to the London games where she is tipped by us to go one better and take a gold.

“I wanted the gold and sadly it was not to be, though overall I have to be happy with this week as I have reached a third World Championship final and guaranteed my place at London,” she said. 

“The Olympic Games is the big prize and I hope to go one step further in London.”

Great Britain will take ten boxers to the Olympics, seven men and three women – and will only not contest three of the weight divisions.

GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken said: “This is a great end to a superb week for amateur boxing in Great Britain that has seen the whole team box extremely well.

“Savannah has performed superbly throughout the competition and to come away as World Champion from such a tough draw in a high-class field is an indication of her immense talent.  She is still very young yet this is her second appearance in a World Championship final and, as long as she continues to work hard, Savannah can achieve anything she wants in this sport.

“Since we stared the women’s programme in 2010, all of the squad have worked incredibly hard to get to where they are today.  Their achievements are a well deserved reward for their dedication and commitment and a fitting tribute to the superb efforts of the all the coaches and back-up team that have supported them every step of the way.”

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