Doncaster’s Sarah Stevenson happy with London 2012 preparations

File photo dated 08/01/12 of Great Britain's Sarah Stevenson. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday June 22, 2012. Sarah Stevenson admits 2012 did not quite turn out to be the fresh start she was hoping for, but the British taekwondo fighter was always confident of fighting her was back into Olympic contention. See PA story SPORT Taekwondo Stevenson. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire

File photo dated 08/01/12 of Great Britain's Sarah Stevenson. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday June 22, 2012. Sarah Stevenson admits 2012 did not quite turn out to be the fresh start she was hoping for, but the British taekwondo fighter was always confident of fighting her was back into Olympic contention. See PA story SPORT Taekwondo Stevenson. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire

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SARAH Stevenson has been keeping herself to herself in the build-up to the biggest day of her sporting career.

Bentley girl Stevenson meets American teenager Paige McPherson in the preliminary round of the women’s -67kg tae kwon do tournament at 10.30am on Friday morning.

The 29-year-old is seeded fourth in the 16-woman competition as she goes in search of an illusive gold medal at her fourth Olympic Games.

Stevenson has opted to stay away from the Olympic Village in the run up to her big day, choosing instead to prepare at Loughborough College.

She said: “I’m trying to do normal things that I would do at home and not get too caught up in it.

“I’m really happy how everything is going for Team GB.

“But we need to focus on our own competition.

“The preparation has gone really well, and I’ve enjoyed being here,” she added.

“We’ve been well looked after.

“It could not have gone any better and it’s been really good for us.”

Stevenson is thought to be pleased with her draw in the competition.

She is in a different half of the draw to tournament favourite Hwang Kyung Seon, of South Korea.

And the earliest she can meet number one seed Seham Sawalhy, of Egypt, is in the semi-finals.