Savannah Marshall misses out on medal after close middleweight defeat but she still makes fans proud


Savannah Marshall missed out on an Olympic medal when she was beaten in the quarter-finals of the women's middleweight boxing competition in Rio.

And while fans are gutted for the boxer, they were also full of praise for her hard work and talent:

The 25-year-old dropped a split decision to Holland's Nouchka Fontijn in a re-run of their May World Championship semi-final, which her opponent also won.

But unlike in Kazakhstan, Marshall looked sharp and accurate at the start of the contest, working nicely behind her jab and finishing well at the end of a competitive second.

With Marshall the aggressor throughout, she was occasionally picked off by the cleaner work of her clever opponent, but still appeared to be in control at the end of the third.

Savannah Marshall and Nouchka Fontijn.
(David Davies/PA)

After a tighter fourth, Marshall raised her arms apparently in the belief that she had progressed to guarantee the medal she had missed out on after defeat in the first round of London 2012.

But the judges had other ideas, with two scoring clearly in favour of the busier Fontijn, while the judge from Uzbekistan scored the bout level.

An obviously disappointed Marshall said: "I thought the fight was really close but when I looked at the scores at the end, it wasn't close.

Savannah Marshall and Nouchka Fontijn.
(David Davies/PA)

"I thought I won the second round and I thought I won the last one too. But she's a brilliant fighter so I don't know (about the judging)."

Marshall's exit means Great Britain will take three medals from the Rio boxing competition - two down on their total from four years ago in London.