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Natalie Powell becomes first British top-ranked female judoka

Judo: Wales’ Natalie Powell wins gold for GB in Abu Dhabi

Natalie Powell has become the first British female judoka to best possible the world rankings.

Powell beat former world champion Marhinde Verkerk to mention -78kg gold at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam.

The 27-year-old, who won Commonwealth gold for Wales in Glasgow in 2014, moreover secured bronze at the European Championships in April.

“I think being the first number one for Britain is pretty cool – it’s amazing,” Powell discussed on Sunday.

Powell represented Great Britain at the Rio Olympics in 2016, finishing seventh in her division.

She received’t protect her Commonwealth identify on the Gold Coast next 12 months after judo was once no longer included throughout the record of events.

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