Targeting my ‘weak spot’ is a mistake - Stevenson

FIGHTING FIT: Sarah Stevenson says her knee is holding up well with the Olympics just around the corner.
FIGHTING FIT: Sarah Stevenson says her knee is holding up well with the Olympics just around the corner.
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SARAH Stevenson says any Olympic opponent looking to target her damaged knee will be playing straight into her hands.

The Bentley fighter suffered cruciate ligament damage and went under the knife in February.

But rather than worrying about opponents targeting her knee when she takes to the mat next month, Stevenson says she would welcome such attention.

She said: “People have asked if my opponents can take advantage of the knowledge of my knee injury to try to beat me, but that won’t be a problem.

“Even if they’ve seen The Karate Kid, I’m not sure how they could turn it to their advantage, because planning how best to hurt my knee would be a pretty ridiculous plan with which to turn up at London 2012.

“If opponents are worrying about that, they’re not going to be concentrating on what I’m going to do to them, which would suit me just fine.”

Stevenson insists she is now training as normal with the rest of the GB Taekwondo squad as she prepares for her date with destiny on August 10 where she will look to match her billing as one of the country’s brightest medal hopes.

“I’m back training fully with everyone else,” she said.

“I’m not doing anything differently to the rest of the team, although I still do have to look after my knee.

“There are exercises I have to do to keep on top of it and keep the swelling down.

“But apart from that I’m doing the same things everyone else is doing and I’m keeping up with them.

“When I’m kicking in training it feels fine and when I go to the ring I’m able to fight exactly how I want to without having to compromise.

The 29-year-old recently took part in a mock Olympics test day which replicated the schedule she will face on August 10 from beginning to end.

She said: “We did test matches with proper referees on a raised ring we built in the gym.

“There was the inevitable hanging around in rest areas between fights that we get at a major competition.

“This helped familiarise everyone with how things are going to be, making it all real, providing good practice and giving everybody a chance to have competitive fights.

“Training is exactly the same as it would be for the build up to any other championships.

“There’s no point doing anything different just because it’s the Olympics.

“You can’t train too hard because you’d be absolutely knackered.

“So we’re going to do what we did for the World Championships because that worked out really well for the team.”