Stevenson suffers taekwondo defeat
Sarah Stevenson, pictured, reacts after being beaten 5-1 by Paige McPherson
Britain's taekwondo fighter Sarah Stevenson suffered a disappointing first round defeat to American Paige McPherson in the women's under-67kg at ExCeL.
McPherson landed a head shot to lead 3-0 in the first round. Stevenson continued to struggle to find her range and was picked off twice again, finally registering with a kick to the body. Trailing 5-1 heading into the last round, it was all or nothing for the Doncaster fighter.
The American thought she had landed two scoring head kicks, but both were chalked out on video review. Stevenson, though, was unable to respond and her dreams of Olympic gold were over - with her only hope now that the American reaches the final so she can come back in the repechage.
Stevenson did not offer her injury setback as an excuse. She told the BBC: "Not today, no, but it's been hard. For the mental side, every single day in the last 18 months, every single day. I did my best. My dad wanted me to be here, so I am here and I know they [her parents] would be proud.
"I would have been forgiven to quit, sit in the corner and cry, but I am not a quitter and I would never have quit. I just wanted to be here and do my best, and have no regrets.
"I want to wake up tomorrow and have no regrets and I think I might be able to do that. Obviously I'm going to be a bit disappointed, but that was my aim and my family's aim."
Despite her first-round loss, should McPherson, ranked 19th in the world, go on to make Friday night's final, then the British fighter would be handed a shot at redemption through the repechage. "I am going to keep going and hope she gets through and have another go hopefully," said Stevenson.
Next up for Team GB was Lutalo Muhammad in the men's under-80kg category. Despite the deflation of Stevenson's result, the home crowd were soon in full voice again as Muhammad, raised just a few miles away in Walthamstow, came out for his Olympic debut.
There was, though, no score between the fighters after the first round. Muhammad won the European title at the heavier under-87kgs, and soon started to find his range with head shots, but without landing a score against Negmatov's defensive stance.
Both men picked up penalty warnings in the third round, before with 45 seconds left, the Londoner finally connected with a chop kick to the head and moved 3-0 up. Another sweeping axe kick put Muhammad's lead at 7-1 as he swept into the quarter-finals.
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