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Savannah Marshall closing in on Rio Olympics qualification

Published 23/05/2016

Savannah Marshall is set to become the 10th British boxer to qualify for the Rio Olympics
Savannah Marshall is set to become the 10th British boxer to qualify for the Rio Olympics

Savannah Marshall will become the 10th British boxer to qualify for the Rio Olympics if she wins her World Championship quarter-final bout in Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old faces Chinese third seed Li Qian in a bout which will determine whether she will join the squad for Brazil or face the agony of missing out on the Games.

Marshall, who has won her two preliminary round bouts by unanimous decision, beat Qian in their previous meeting in the final of the World Combat Games in St Petersburg in 2013.

But she will be aware that Qian, a former winner of the prestigious Strandja tournament as well as a World Championship semi-finalist in 2014, is a step up from her previous opponents.

Ireland's Katie Taylor will also belatedly book her place in Rio on Tuesday if she wins her lightweight quarter-final against Victoria Torres of Mexico.

Taylor, who missed out on Olympic qualification when she suffered a shock loss to Yana Alekseevna in Turkey last month, moved into the last eight with a unanimous points win over Dayana Sanchez of Argentina.

Nicola Adams took another step to winning her first world title on Tuesday with a unanimous decision win over Anna Alimardanova of Azerbaijan to reach the flyweight quarter-finals.

Adams, whose place in Rio is already secured, will also be in action on Tuesday as she faces Yu-Ting Lin of Chinese Taipei in the last eight.

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