Stevenson happy with recovery

01 May 2012 / 16:59

Sarah Stevenson aims to be "cooking with gas" when she rejoins the Team GB taekwondo squad after the European Championships in the next step of her rehabilitation on the road towards London 2012.

Doncaster-born Stevenson - the current world champion and Olympic bronze medallist at the 2008 Beijing Games - underwent surgery in February to repair cruciate ligament damage sustained at a training camp in Mexico.

The 29-year-old will miss this weekend's European Championships in Manchester, but has until the end of May to prove her fitness ahead of the final selection for the London team, which will have four fighters: two men and two women.

Stevenson - who overcame great personal difficulties by claiming her world title in Korea last year despite both parents battling serious illness, a fight they eventually lost - remains positive.

"My knee is doing really well and I am getting a lot more kicking sessions in now," Stevenson said in her Olympic diary for The Guardian.

"Once the rest of the guys have finished competing at the Europeans, my aim is to be back with them in a couple of weeks' time, hopefully cooking with gas at 100%.

"That's the target, but even if I am at 90% for a while and capable of doing most of the sessions with them, then I will be happy with that."

Bianca Walkden is set to drop down a weight to compete at the under-67kgs in Manchester, and will be pressing Stevenson hard for a place on the Olympic squad.

Speaking last week, Team GB Taekwondo performance director Gary Hall admitted his elite fighters continue to give him a welcome selection headache.

He said: "It is tough with only four places, but that is also a positive, because you end up with a very strong team for the Olympics."