Natalie Powell Selected for Team GB

The British Olympic Association has today named the seven judoka who will compete for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.  The squad comprises four women and three men and includes three athletes that competed for Team GB at London 2012.  Two-time Masters medallist Natalie Powell will make her Olympic Games debut in the -78kg division.  Natalie has earned her place at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games over a tough and intensive two-year qualification period and has produced some fantastic results. Natalie has performed at a high standard and medalled and placed at European Championships, Grand Slams and Grand Prix.  Judo first featured at the Olympic Games at Tokyo 1964 and men’s judo has been part of the sporting programme at every Games since Mexico City 1972 with women’s judo joining the full programme in Barcelona 1992 after being a demonstration event in Seoul 1988.  Team GB have won 18 Olympic judo medals since 1964 (eight silver and 10 bronze).