Countdown to Rio: Judo's Natalie Powell

13 August 2014 / 06:50

Home nations enjoyed their most successful Commonwealth Games ever in Glasgow. But who were the stars of the Games, whose targets have now been reset on the road to Rio - with the Olympics just two years away?

Natalie Powell has enjoyed a 2014 to remember. The 23-year old Welsh judoka won silver at the European Open in Rome and then upgraded to gold at the Commonwealth Games - beating Olympic silver medallist Gemma Gibbons in the process.

Gibbons has been battling injuries in recent months but Powell has broken into the world's top 16 with a series of consistent results on the International Judo Federation circuit.

And the pair - who hadn't previously fought each other - will now be locked in an interesting battle for Olympic selection in Rio.

“It gave me a lot of motivation because people were saying Natalie Powell was going to lose to Gemma who is number one,” said Powell.

“She is a fabulous competitor and a really nice girl but I have proved a few people wrong and many have said I am second to her. In my eyes I wasn’t and I showed that.

"We'd never fought until Glasgow but she's a great fighter, she will never back down."

Powell will now look to back up her Glasgow performance at this month's World Championships in Russia.

Other stars of Glasgow 2014 looking to travel on the road to Rio

Ross Murdoch (Swimming)

Claudia Fragapane (Gymnastics)

Matthew Hudson-Smith (Athletics)

Zoe Smith (Weightlifting)

Jazz Carlin (Swimming)

Antony Fowler (Boxing)

GB Hockey

Katie Archibald (Cycling)

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