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Doubtful Olympic participation of Sarah Stevenson due to injury

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Sarah Stevenson’s participation in the London 2012 Olympic Games has become doubtful after her recent knee injury and surgery.

In the past Gyeongju 2011 World Taekwondo Championship, Stevenson became -67kg gold medalist after beating Beijing 2008 gold, Korean Kyung Seon Hwang. She is one of Britain’s favorites for the Olympic gold.

According to the press agency AFP, Sarah Stevenson had a cruciate ligament surgery on February 10th, and raised doubts about her participation in London 2012. Stevenson suffered the cruciate ligament injury recently at a training camp in Mexico.

This means she will miss the Dutch and German Opens, and her participation in the European Championships in Manchester will be very difficult.

Bianca Walkden, who competes on a higher category than Stevenson, is being considered as Stevenson’s replacement in London 2012.

But Sarah Stevenson is confident about her participation in the Olympics. In an interview with the British press she said: "I’ve damaged the anterior cruciate ligament on my left knee. It happened during a contest at our training camp in Mexico. I just landed funny and that was it. I didn’t think it was too bad at the time, but when I realised it was worse than I originally thought. But the injury was ‘just a blip’. I’ve been through worse and I can get through this." Last year, Stevenson lost both of her parents to cancer.

However, she insists that she will be able to recover: “I’m strong mentally and physically and this is only going to make me more determined."

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