Seven judoka book their places at Rio 2016
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Seven judoka book their places at Rio 2016

16 June 2016 / 11:55

It's 50 days to go until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and what better way to celebrate than by naming more athletes who are on the plane to Brazil as part of Team GB this summer.

The selected squad of judo athletes comprises four women and three men and includes three judoka who competed for Team GB at London 2012.

Ashley McKenzie makes his second Olympic appearance in the men’s -60kg division with Colin Oates (-66kg) and Sally Conway (-70kg) also returning from four years ago.

Benjamin Fletcher completes the men’s line-up and will go in the -100kg division, having turned out for Team GB at the inaugural European Games in Baku last year.

Nekoda Smythe-Davis selected for Rio 2016

Two-time Masters medallist Natalie Powell will make her Olympic Games debut in the -78kg division while Alice Schlesinger (-63kg), who won Baku Grand Slam gold last month, and multiple Grand Prix medallist Nekoda Smythe-Davis (-57kg) round off the team.

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 programme in Barcelona 1992 having been a demonstration event at Seoul 1988. 

Colin Oates selected for Rio 2016

Team GB have won 18 Olympic judo medals since 1964 (eight silver and 10 bronze) with Gemma Gibbons and Karina Bryant winning silver and bronze respectively four years ago at London 2012.

Today’s selection now brings the total number of selected Team GB athletes for Rio 2016 to 137 from 12 sports.

The selected athletes are:

Nekoda Smythe-Davis (women’s -57kg) age 23, from London
Alice Schlesinger (women’s -63kg) 28, Walsall, West Midlands
Sally Conway (women’s -70kg) 29, Edinburgh, Scotland
Natalie Powell (women’s -78kg) 25, Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, Wales
Ashley McKenzie (men’s -60kg) 26, Camberley, Surrey
Colin Oates (men’s -66kg) 33, Livingston, Scotland
Benjamin Fletcher (men’s -100kg) 24, Bath, Somerset

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