Natalie Powell – Bronze Medal

Well done Natalie finishing 2018 on a high as she defeated European Champion Madeleine Malonga (FRA) for bronze at the 2018 Guangzhou Masters in China on Sunday 16 December.  Natalie put in a superb tactical performance as she controlled the powerful Malonga and didn’t allow the French judoka to dominate.  Eventually with just over two minutes gone, Natalie threw Malonga for ippon with a big ura-nage to secure the bronze and 900 World ranking and Olympic qualification points.  This was also Natalie’s third Masters medal of her career, after silver in 2015 and bronze in 2016.