Lisa Whiteside and Sandy Ryan from the GB Boxing squad have both secured silver medals for England at the AIBA Women’s World Championships in Jeju Island, South Korea, after a series of fantastic performances.
Boxing in her first major tournament as a flyweight, Whiteside, 29, put in a series of superb performances to make this morning’s final where she narrowly lost a split decision to Marlen Esparza of the USA.
Her achievement was equalled by rookie, Sandy Ryan, 21, who made the final of the light-welterweight category in her first major tournament as a senior, only losing out in the end to Anastasiia Beliakova from Russia.
Lisa said, “I feel a bit overwhelmed by it all right now. It’s feels phenomenal to have won a silver medal and have reached the world championship final. I am looking forward to pushing on from this performance next year as I know that I have so much more to give and can still improve.
“As always I would like to thank everyone for their support and believing in me. 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 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.”
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 by both Lisa and Sandy who 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.
“We have always known that Lisa was a top boxer because of her achievements as a featherweight (where she was a world championship bronze medallist in 2012) but she has now shown she is a world class performer in the Olympic flyweight class.
“Sandy has performed absolutely superbly. She is a great talent and, like Lisa, has now shown that she can translate that into results at a major international tournament. The challenge now is for the pair of them to build on their achievements this week and continue to deliver medals at tournaments next year as we look towards Rio 2016.”
The silvers won by Sandy and Lisa mean that women from the GB Boxing squad have won seven medals – one gold, five silver and a bronze – at the last three world championships in 2010, 2012 and now 2014.
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