SAVANNAH Marshall will put her Olympic disappointment behind her and return to the ring a better boxer.
That was the prediction today from her Hartlepool neighbour and Great Britain international team-mate Amanda Coulson.
Marshall was the favourite for the middleweight gold in London only to lose out to Kazakhstan fighter Marina Volnova in the quarter-finals.
The 21-year-old Poolie was below her best though the 16-12 result was a controversial one to say the least, many observers feeling she was on the wrong end of a bad decision and some poor refereeing.
Coulson, who suffered the agony of missing out on selection to the Olympic squad, is confident the Headland ABC star will be back.
“Savannah needs a nice holiday in the sun,” said the 28-year-old.
“She’s had an amazing and tough year, winning the World Championships and then training hard for the Olympics.
“Her body now needs a rest.
“But when she comes back I have no doubt she’ll be an even better boxer.
“Savannah is a class act and there is no reason why she won’t return and start winning the big tournaments.
“She knows, as we know, what she is capable of after she won the World Championship in May.
“Savannah will be upset – she’s a winner and she’s had to watch Claressa Shields and Nadezda Torlopova in the Olympic final knowing she beat both comfortably at the worlds.
“It’s hard to take something like this on the chin but she’ll be back.
“Savannah’s had defeats before, admittedly not many, and each time she has come back and won gold somewhere.”
Coulson is not wrong.
Marshall was heartbroken after ‘only’ winning a bronze at the European Championship last September when she was eliminated by arch-rival Nouchka Fontijn, from the Netherlands.
Her response was incredible – four international wins in London in November including the Olympic test event at the ExCel Arena.
And in the first half of 2012 she won eight contests, four against world champions, and struck gold in China.
While there was no Olympic glory this time, Coulson says success is inevitable.
“Savannah’s the best and is only 21,” said the gifted Catholic Club boxer.
“She can focus on Rio in 2016.”