Baku 2015: Marshall eager to make yet more history

18 June 2015 / 11:00

She has done it so often by now that you might think Savannah Marshall is getting bored of writing her name into the record books – but you couldn’t be further from the truth.

Marshall helped make history at London 2012 as women’s boxing was included on the programme for the first time, although she couldn’t make it past Marina Volnova in her quarter-final clash as the Ukrainian went on to claim middleweight bronze.

However, Marshall clearly had a taste for it and went on to help women’s boxing make an impression at the Commonwealth Games, as it again made its debut.

And Marshall was keen to make up for lost time, going on to claim gold this time around, beating Canadian Ariane Fortin in the final.

Marshall will once again make an imprint in the record books on Friday as she competes in the inaugural European Games – facing off against Nouchka Fontijn first up – and she can’t wait to get going.

“To be honest I feel like I have been in a bit of a hole, it was only when I got to kitting out that I realised how big the Games were going to be,” she said.

“I was obviously a part of the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games where females boxed for the first time, so to be a part of the first ever European Games is something else I can add to the list.

“Not many people get the chance to do that, so I’m relishing it.”

Despite itching to get going, Marshall’s preparation for Baku has been far from plain sailing after she went under the knife early this year to correct a hand problem.

But now she is back fighting fit, Marshall is keen to make up for lost time with Rio looming on the horizon.

“Training has been going really well. I had an operation on my hand after New Year so a lot of it has been about coming back from that,” she added.

“It was a tendon problem so we decided it was best to have surgery. It set me back five months but I’m back now.

“It’s frustrating being on the sidelines a lot the last few years but if I let it get to me it would ruin me. It’s not nice but you concentrate on the positives.

“Rio is not far out now, the focus will be on that soon but first it’s the European Games and trying to do well there.”

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