Powell ranked seventh on final day of European Championships

Natalie Powell finishes 7th on the final day of the European Championships in Sofiath place.

After the opening bye, Powell Beat recent Tel Aviv Grand Slam champion Beta Pakart (Poland) in the second round. Powell The waza-ari score was registered in the opening exchange when the game entered the Golden Score.

The quarter-finals beat European U23 champion Alina Boehm (GER) with a single waza-ari score to see Powell Advancement to the Repechage will face Olympic silver medalist Madeleine Malonga (FRA) for a place in the bronze medal match.

There is nothing between the two warriors because they exchanged Shidou.Scorecard even after each 2 shidos, the game goes into the final 60 seconds, where Powell Registered for waza-ari scores.

in the next exchange Powell Further penalties for stepping out of the playing area were awarded and a third Shidou was awarded.

the meaning of failure Powell 7 Doneth.

Powell said after the event: “I’ve been training since January and I’ve come here knowing that it’s not the main goal of the year, but I believe I can challenge for a medal.”

Powell, who entered Sofia, has only played once since winning bronze at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in November:“I did feel the rhythm was wrong, I had a good first round, but I didn’t think my rhythm was right.”

Over time, Powell began to look like a fighter from the past: “In the match against Malonga, I found my fighting ability again and I was disappointed not to win.

“I was so invested in that game that I thought I won it with that score. I was embarrassed because I thought we were on the golden track!

“The exchange that followed kept me from fully participating, which cost me a place in the bronze medal match, but it showed that I still belonged in this stage and I can’t wait to get back there again.”

Reese Thompson (-100kg) Facing Boyan Dosen (SRB) in the first round. Thompson When the clock passes 90 seconds, a waza-ari is registered. Thompson Continue to dominate the game; a score goes up and Dosen has two shidos to his name, Thompson Registered a second waza-ari to safely advance to the second round.

in round 2 Thompson With 30 seconds ahead of his opponent, Simeon Catharina (NED) dropped two shidos in the opening 30 seconds for a waza-ari score. Thompson Struggling to tie the game, but his opponent’s experience made him improve. despite this, Thompson He spoke well of himself on his European debut.

After the opening bye, Emma Reid Beaten by current European U23 champion Patricia Sampaio (POR) in the Golden Melody.

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