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Sarah Stevenson



Name Sarah Stevenson
Weight -67kg
Height 179cm
D.O.B. 30 March 1983
Town of Birth Doncaster
Based Manchester

Born in Doncaster, England, Sarah started to make a name for herself in taekwondo when in 1998 she became Junior World Champion, followed by Junior European Champion in 1999.

Sarah then qualified 3rd at the 2000 Summer Olympics Qualification Tournament, drawing the attention of Jackie Chan who sponsored her while promoting Shanghai Noon in the UK.  Although not taking a medal in the 2000 Olympics (4th place), Sarah went on to become World Champion in 2001, the first British Taekwondo World Champion ever.

Sarah has since become four times European Champion and World silver medallist in 2005. In 2008, Sarah competed in the Beijing Olympics with the extremely well documented controversy that led to her being eliminated in the quarter finals after the referee failed to recognise clear points scored. The decision was later overturned but with 20 minutes to prepare, Sarah was defeated in the semi final.

Despite the loss, Sarah came back to win the bronze medal and became the first ever British athlete to medal in the sport of Taekwondo at an Olympic Games.

Not only has Sarah shown a consistent ability to compete at the top for a number of years, but has inspired many on and off the mat. She has recently set up ‘Sarah Stevenson Inspires’ which aims to educate and train young, aspiring Taekwondo athletes.

Sarah’s most recent success came in May 2011 by becoming World Champion for the third time and will represent Great Britain at -67kg at London 2012.




Year Competition City Position Weight
2011 World Championships Gyeongju 1st -67kg
2010 European Championships Saint Petersburg 1st -67kg
2009 British Open Manchester 1st -73kg
2008 Olympic Games Beijing 3rd +67kg
2008 Belgian Open Herentals 1st -72kg
2008 Dutch Open Eindhoven 1st -72kg
2007 Olympic Games Qualification Manchester 2nd +67kg
2007 German Open Bonn 1st +72kg
2007 Dutch Open Eindhoven 1st -72kg
2006 European Championships Bonn 1st -72kg
2005 European Championships Riga 1st -72kg
2005 World Championships Madrid 2nd -72kg
2004 Olympic Games Athens Prelim +67kg
2004 European Championships Lillehammer 2nd +72kg
2004 Olympic Games Qualification Baku 2nd +67kg
2002 European Championships Samsun 2nd -72kg
2001 World Championships Jeju 1st -72kg
2000 Olympic Games Sydney 4th -67kg
1999 Olympic Games Qualification Porec 3rd -67kg
1999 Junior European Championships Nikosia 1st -63kg
1998 Junior World Championships Istanbul 1st -63kg