Natalie Powell Bronze Medal – Antalya Grand Prix, Turkey 08.04.18

Natalie secures her 16th Grand Prix medal after she claimed bronze on the final day of competition at the Antalya Grand Prix in Turkey.

A single waza-ari was enough to take home the medal for Natalie against Russia’s Alexandrea Gimaletdinova. It was a contest that Natalie dominated from start to finish and her Russian opponent offered little in the form of attacking intent throughout, which owed to Natalie’s determination. Both fighters picked up a shido in the closing stages but Natalie used her experience to see off the clock and claim her spot on the podium once again. She started the day in disappointing fashion with a defeat at the hands of Kosovo’s Loriana Kuka. Both athletes were left handed and this nullified a lot of attacks that each of them attempted over the course of the contest.  Golden score beckoned and it was during this stage that Natalie was caught via osoto-gari by Kuka and in turn, drop her in the repechage.  Natalie recovered well though and saw off World No.31 Zarina Raifova from Kazakhstan in the repechage final. After a quiet opening minute, she sprung into action and following a strong exchange from Natalie, she was able to throw for ura-nage to secure the win and her passage into the Bronze medal contest.