“I KNOW my parents would be proud.” Doncaster’s Sarah Stevenson put her shock Olympic exit into perspective just moments after a surprise defeat to Paige McPherson.
Stevenson lost 5-1 in the preliminary round to the American teenager who dominated the three-round contest.
The 29-year-old lost both of her parents last year and then overcame a career threatening knee injury to feature at the Games.
Stevenson, who struggled for any sort of momentum during her fight, said: “I gave it my best shot.
“My aim was to come here and go for it and I felt like I did.
“It’s been a mental fight every single day for the last two years. I know they [my parents] would be proud.
“The injury didn’t affect me,” she added.
“I tried my best but it was not meant to be.”
Stevenson’s hopes of winning a bronze medal play-off ended when McPherson also went out of the competition in the quater finals, losing 6-1 win to Turkey’s Nur Tatar.
The Free Press this week was inundated with good luck messages for Sarah.
Here’s just a few of the messages we received:
Pete Wainer @petewainer Good luck Sarah bring back the gold for Donny. We want a Gold Post Box #doncasterisgreat #Olympic2012
Alan Smith @smig64 good luck Sarah your dedication and determination will get you the Gold, your parents are with you always #TeamGB
Dan Gilbride @DanGilbride Best of luck Sarah. We are all behind you, do it for Donny and GB! All the best. #dfp2012
Peter Evison @peterdrfc Good luck Sarah, do it for your parents but everyone will be proud of you no matter what the outcome is #PrideofDoncaster