Natalie Powell takes bronze in Tbilisi

Natalie Powell (R)
Natalie Powell (right) is a member of Irfon Judo club, based in Powys

Wales' 2016 Rio Olympic hopeful Natalie Powell has won a bronze medal at the Tbilisi Judo Grand Prix.

Powell beat former European junior champion Madeleine Malonga of France to take third place in the -78kg division.

The Netherlands' Guusje Steenhuis earlier beat Powell, who is competing with England's Gemma Gibbons for a Great Britain team place at Rio.

Powell went to Tbilisi ranked eighth in the world while 2012 Olympics silver medallist Gibbons was 13th.

Powell beat Gibbons to win the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medal.

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