NATALIE Powell has achieved her Olympic dream and will be part of Team GB in the Japan held games this summer.

The Beulah star will compete in her second games with all eyes on Thursday, July 29 when she takes to the mat.

Powell became the first Welsh judoka to compete at an Olympic Games at Rio 2016, where she reached the quarter-final before being beaten by eventual silver medallist Audrey Tcheumeo of France.

A year later Powell became the first female British judoka to be ranked a world No.1, a feat she accomplished by winning a gold medal at the Abu Dhabi judo Grand Slam 2017.

Powell’s successes that have followed over the past few years mean there’s no doubt she will be gunning to beat her previous finish in Rio, where she placed seventh.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will feature a record 33 competitions and 339 events held across 42 competition venues. Judo was introduced as an Olympic sport for men at the Tokyo 1964 Games.

The event took place at the Nippon Budokan, and Tokyo 2020 will see judo return to the same venue. The women’s events were added to the Olympic programme at Barcelona 1992.