Still our number one: Doncaster’s Sarah Stevenson remains inspirational champ

Still our number one: Doncaster's taekwondo star Sarah Stevenson reacts after losing to USA's Paige McPherson at the London 2012 Olympics. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Still our number one: Doncaster's taekwondo star Sarah Stevenson reacts after losing to USA's Paige McPherson at the London 2012 Olympics. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
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SARAH Stevenson may have been knocked out of the first round of the taekwondo tournament in London yesterday but in showing the true Olympic spirit she’s still our No 1.

Not only did her opponent, American Paige McPherson, call her an ‘amazing athlete and an amazing person’ and said she’d be happy to have a career as glittering as the 29-year-old’s, Sarah also showed how to fight through adversity.

Within weeks of winning the World Championship last year she was mourning the loss of parents Roy and Diane.

And then in February this year a knee ligament injury meant she missed a large part of her preparation for the Games. Throughout it all she has conducted herself with dignity and class - even being chosen to read the athletes’ oath at the Olympics opening ceremony.

In losing to McPherson she proved that no matter the outcome of the contest Doncaster’s Sarah Stevenson will always be a winner.