Good Luck Natalie

Team GB have announced the judo team that will be competing at the Tokyo 2020. Confirmation of the selection means Natalie Powell will make her second Olympic Games – becoming a double Olympian as she takes to the mat on Thursday 29 July 2021.  The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will feature a record 33 competitions and 339 events held across 42 competition venues. Judo was introduced as an Olympic sport for men at the Tokyo 1964 Games. The event took place at the Nippon Budokan, and Tokyo 2020 will see judo return to the same venue. The women’s events were added to the Olympic programme at Barcelona 1992.  Natalie became the first Welsh judoka to compete at an Olympic Games at Rio 2016, where she reached the quarter-final before being beaten by eventual silver medallist Audrey Tcheumeo of France.  A year later Natalie became the first female British judoka to be ranked a world No 1, a feat she accomplished by winning a gold medal at the Abu Dhabi judo Grand Slam 2017.  Natalie successes that have followed over the past few years mean there’s no doubt she will be gunning to beat her previous finish in Rio, where she was placed seventh.