Powell & Conway win bronze in Paris

Natalie Powell

Natalie Powell beat Gemma Gibbons to win gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth champion Natalie Powell has won bronze at judo’s Paris Grand Slam.

The 25 year-old from Merthyr Tydfil beat her British -78kg rival Gemma Gibbons in the head-to-head in France.

Powell’s first Grand Slam medal will give her a further rankings boost over Gibbons as she bids to be Team GB’s sole -78kg representative at the Rio Olympics in August.

Scotland’s Sally Conway also won bronze in the -70kg class.

Conway, 29, did not have to fight her last two rounds because of opponent injury and disqualification.

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