Savannah’s road to the Olympics

TALENTED Savannah Marshall secured her place in the Olympic team after reaching the World Championship final in China earlier this year.

The former English Martyrs pupil went on to win gold and become Britain’s first ever women’s World Boxing Champion by winning the title on her 21st birthday.

She triumphed after a thrilling 17-15 victory over Elena Vystropova of Azerbaijan.

It was the second time Savannah had competed in the World Championship final after she agonisingly lost 5-4 to American Andrecia Wasson in the 2010 final of the 69kg weight class in Barbados.

Savannah, nicknamed the Silent Assassin, became Britain’s second ever world gold medallist after Frankie Gavin in 2007.

She will be among the first women boxers to compete in the Olympics as the games stages female boxing for the first time.