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Brent pair McKenzie and Davis selected in GB squad for World Championships

PUBLISHED: 17:46 12 August 2015 | UPDATED: 18:07 12 August 2015

The GB squad for the World Judo Championships, including Ashley McKenzie (fourth from left) and Nekoda Davis (fourth from right).

The GB squad for the World Judo Championships, including Ashley McKenzie (fourth from left) and Nekoda Davis (fourth from right).

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Brent duo Ashley McKenzie and Nekoda Davis have been selected in the British Judo squad for the World Championships in Kazakhstan later this month, writes Sean Gallagher.

McKenzie (Under-60kg) and Davis (Under-57kg), who both won gold at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, are part of a team of nine players who will represent GB at the competition in Astana between August 24 and 29.

The squad was officially announced on Monday through video streaming app Periscope. Speaking to the Times, McKenzie, who is sponsored by Monkey Nutrition, said: “I’m delighted to have been selected for the championship.

“My main focus is getting myself into peak condition and getting all my tactics right for the tournament.

“I’m obviously looking to gain as many points as I can from what will be the last World Championship before Rio [2016]. I’m just looking forward to having a scrap and performing on the highest stage again.

“I’m confident of succeeding, but Commonwealth level is not the exact same as the World Championships. The Japanese will provide strong competition for sure.”

Elite performance coaches, Kate Howey MBE and Jean-Paul Bell will be overseeing the team in Kazakhstan for the five-day tournament.

London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Gemma Gibbons (Under-78kg), Kelly Edwards (Under-52kg), Alice Schlesinger (Under-63kg), Sally Conway (Under-70kg), Natalie Powell (Under-78kg), Colin Oates (Under-66kg) and Ben Fletcher (Under-100kg) make up the rest of the squad.

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