Former world number one and world bronze medallist Natalie Powell missed out on an elusive place on the Olympic podium after losing in the judo.

Competing in the -78kg category on Thursday morning, the 30-year-old from near Builth Wells looked to emulate her team-mate Chelsie Giles, who claimed Britain’s first medal of the Games.

But it was disappointment for the world number seven after she lost in the round of 16 to South Korea's Hyunji Yoon.

The Welsh judoka missed out on a place in the last eight after she was caught with a Tomoe-nage by Yoon, who is ranked 23rd in the world, and lost by ippon.

Back home in Wales, the Welsh Judo Association said: "We and and our entire Welsh Judo family are extremely proud of you."

Brecon and Radnorshire MP Fay Jones said she was "gutted" for Powell who was competing in her second Olympic Games.

"She is just so impressive to make it so far," Ms Jones said. "It takes so much work and sacrifice to even make it onto the plane out to the Olympics.

"Natalie, everyone back home is so proud of you and grateful for what you’ve achieved so far."