Natalie Powell – Silver Medal, Brasilia Grand Slam October 2019, Brazil

On the third and final day of the Brasilia Grand Slam in Brazil, Natalie Powell (-78kg) rounded off a fantastic British Judo female showing at the tournament by winning sliver.  Natalie defeated the Pan American Championship bronze medallist Lucia Cantero (ARG) and former Pan American Champion Samanta Soares (BRA) to win her Pool and progress to the semi-finals to face world number 7, Anna Maria Wagner (GER).  Natalie smoothly dispatched the former Junior and U23 European Champion to progress to the final to face former World Championship bronze medallist, Kaliema Antomarchi (CUB). With the score level at the end of the allocated 4-minutes the match entered Golden Score.  Natalie tried to capitalise upon a visibly tiring Antomarchi but was unfortunately thrown by her Cuban opponent for Waza-ari, meaning Natalie had to settle for silver.