SARAH Stevenson became a world champion for the second time this morning - and immediately dedicated her win to her critically ill parents.
The Bentley fighter defeated Guo Yunfei of China in the -67kg category final to claim an emotional gold medal.
Stevenson’s mother Diane was diagnosed with terminal cancer in January, while father Roy has a brain tumour.
The World Championships, held in South Korea, was Stevenson’s first tournament of the year after taking time away from the sport to care for her parents.
“This is an amazing feeling,” said the 28-year-old Olympic bronze medallist.
“It’s been so hard over the last few months and I was so close to not coming to the World Championships because I didn’t want to leave my parents alone, but my family all came together to help and I went out there to win it for them.
“It would have been great if my parents could have been here but I just hope I’ve made them proud and have made them feel a little better.
“I think of all my successes and this is the one that means the most because it’s been such a tough build-up, but what I’ve been through is nothing compared to my parents.
“I’m just so pleased though that I’ve come through it with the gold.”