ENGLAND were today celebrating two silver medals for Lisa Whiteside and Sandy Ryan at the Women’s world boxing championship in South Korea
Boxing as a flyweight for the first time in a major tournament, Whiteside put in a series of superb performances to make today’s final where she narrowly lost a split decision to Marlen Esparaza of the USA.
The 29-year-old’s achievement was equalled by rookie Ryan, who made the final of the light-welterweight category in her first championship appearance as a senior, only losing out in the end to Anastasia Beliakova from Russia.
Lisa said: “I feel a bit overwhelmed by it all right now.
“It’s feels phenomenal I to have won a silver medal and have reached the world championship final.
“The coaches and support team have been incredible and have helped me every step of the way.
“I feel like I have a second family in them.”
Sandy, 21, added: “I am really happy with my progress and winning silver is a massive achievement.
“To be in a world championship final so early in my career feels great but I won’t settle for second place, I want to be number one.
“I’ve got a great team behind me and will keep working hard and giving myself the best possible chance of more success in future.”
Hartlepool boxing great Amanda Coulson was part of the coaching team in Jeju Island, where she worked alongside Dave Alloway and Lee Pullen.
Great Britain’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken said: “To make the final of a tournament as difficult as the world championships is an outstanding achievement.
“Lisa and Sandy have been absolutely superb this week and fully deserve their rewards after a series of excellent performances.
“They have shown that we are beginning to develop some real strength-in-depth in the women’s squad and have new boxers coming through to challenge the more established names.”
The silvers won by Sandy and Lisa mean that women from the GB Boxing squad have won seven medals at the last three world championships in 2010, 2012 and now 2014.
Hartlepool’s Savannah Marshall has won two of those medals, a silver at 69 kilo in Barbados in 2010 and gold in China in 2012 at 75 kilos.
The 23-year-old is one of only two world amateur champions to come from Britain, Frankie Gavin being the other.