Rio 2016: Team GB pick Natalie Powell ahead of Gemma Gibbons

Natalie Powell and Gemma Gibbons
Natalie Powell is ranked eighth in the world and Gemma Gibbons 12th

Commonwealth champion Natalie Powell has been confirmed in the Great Britain team for this summer's Olympics in Rio.

The 25-year-old qualified ahead of London 2012 silver medallist Gemma Gibbons, 29, in the -78kg category.

Powell will become the first Welsh female judoka to compete in the Olympics, which run from 5 to 21 August.

Ashley McKenzie, Colin Oates and Sally Conway, all of whom fought at London 2012, feature in the seven-strong team.

Britain won two judo medals four years ago, with Gibbons' silver and Karina Bryant's bronze in the 78kg category.

Team: Nekoda Smythe Davis (women's -57kg), Alice Schlesinger (women's -63kg), Sally Conway (women's -70kg), Natalie Powell (women's -78kg), Ashley McKenzie (men's -60kg), Colin Oates (men's -66kg), Benjamin Fletcher (men's -100kg).

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