Judo Grand Prix – Astana, Kazakhstan, 10 – 12 October 2014 Gold Medal

Natalie Powell – Wins her first Grand Prix Gold  at the Astana Grand Prix, beating Dusseldorf and Samsun Grand Prix gold medalist Luise Malzahn.

Natalie’s path to the top of the podium began with an ippon against Albina Amangeldiyeva of Kazakhstan, followed by another against Assunta Galeone of Italy before executing the winning waza-ari over German Malzahn.  This medal is Natalie’s best at Grand Prix level and follows her recent successes fighting for GB at the 2014 Samsun Grand Prix (silver, Abu Dhabi 2013 and 2012 (silver) and Zagreb 2014 (bronze).  What a fantastic result for Natalie this also gets her 300 points towards qualifying for Rio!.