DONCASTER’S Sarah Stevenson has been tipped to challenge for a medal at the Olympic Games by Great Britain Taekwondo performance director Gary Hall.
The 29-year-old had battled through losing both her parents to terminal illness within months of each other as she delivered a golden performance last May to win her second World Championship title in Gyeongju, South Korea - leading Team GB’s four-medal haul.
However, there were concerns the Beijing medallist would be denied the chance to compete in London after suffering ligament damage while at a training camp in Mexico which required surgery.
Hall has been impressed by Stevenson’s reliance, but expected nothing else from the Doncaster fighter.
“There were some nervous times back at the start of the year, but the work she and the medical staff have done a superb job,” he said. “While we can never guarantee medals, Sarah is in great shape and is ready to go for it in London.”
Stevenson has quite a wait to get into action with her -67kg category taking place at the ExCeL Arena on Friday, August 10.
n Meanwhile, Sheffield has welcomed the USA diving team to their training base at Ponds Forge.
The team includes Troy Dumais, who will be take part in his fourth Olympic Games.
Dumais, aged 32, has been selected in the three-metre individual event and the three-metre synchro with Kristian Ipsen. The Californian said he has good memories of Sheffield after competing at Ponds Forge several times: “It’s good to be back. We’re always well looked after here.
“It’s a good place to compete - it is a proper diving venue the way they set it up.”
The rest of the USA diving team is: Katie Bell, Brittany Viola, Chris Colwill, David Boudia, Kelci Bryant, Abby Johnston, Cassidy Krug, Christina Loukas, and Nick McCrory.