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Stevenson to move into coaching after announcing retirement

Olympic bronze medallist Sarah Stevenson admitted it was with relief that the time finally came for her to announce her retirement from taekwond...

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Taekwondo gold for Jones caps meteoric rise

British Taekwondo has the perfect platform to go into overdrive after Jade Jones landed a first Olympic gold and Lutalo Muhammad delivered a bro...

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Muhammad beaten in quarter-final

Britain's Lutalo Muhammad has lost his quarter-final against Nicolas Garcia Hemme of Spain in taekwondo's under-80kg category at ExCeL.

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Stevenson: I gave it my best shot

Sarah Stevenson has experienced far greater pain in the last 18 months so there were "no regrets" for the British taekwondo fighter after she su...

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Stevenson defeated in first round

Britain's taekwondo fighter Sarah Stevenson suffered a first round defeat to American Paige McPherson in the women's under-67kg at ExCeL.

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Medal Record

London 2012
  • 0 Gold
  • 0 Silver
  • 0 Bronze
Beijing 2008
  • 0 Gold
  • 0 Silver
  • 1 Bronze
Athens 2004
  • 0 Gold
  • 0 Silver
  • 0 Bronze
Sydney 2000
  • 0 Gold
  • 0 Silver
  • 0 Bronze

Biography

www.sarahstevenson.net

Sarah Stevenson is the most successful taekwondo athlete in British history. She became Britain’s first ever world champion in 2001 and won the nation’s maiden taekwondo Olympic medal in 2008.

Stevenson had already competed at Sydney 2000, finishing fourth, and Athens 2004, ending 11th, before travelling to Beijing, where she almost didn’t climb the podium at all.

She was initially eliminated during the quarter-finals after the referee failed to recognise clear points scored. The decision was overturned but she suffered an ankle injury in the semi-final and lost.

Stevenson battled on to win bronze and took her second senior world title in May 2011. She is also a four-time European champion and was awarded an MBE in the 2012 New Year Honours List.

Her participation in London was thrown into doubt after she suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury, which required surgery, at a training camp in Mexico in February.

Stevenson has also had to cope with the death of her father Roy to a brain tumour and the death of her mother Diana to cancer in 2011.