THE race for -63kg Olympic selection to Team GB took another turn this weekend as Lucy Renshall won gold at the Antalya Grand Slam.

Renshall entered the Antalya Grand Slam less than 200 points behind current -63kg top seeded British Judo fighter, fellow St Helens woman Amy Livesey, in the race for the sole spot to represent Team GB at the Tokyo Games this summer.

Renshall has been in great recent form having finished 7th at the Tel Aviv Grand Slam and 5th at the Tbilisi Grand Slam last weekend.

Seeded 5th on the entry list, Renshall defeated Valentina Kostenko (RUS) in Round 2, following an opening round bye, a waza-ari scored in the closing 20 seconds enough to see her progress.

Renshall won her quarter-final contest against Jing Tang (CHN), after Tang amassed 3 penalty shidos.

The semi-final contest against top seeded fighter Catherine Beachemin-Pinard (CAN) was also settled on shidos, the Canadian picking up her 3rd in Golden Score.

Renshall faced Anriquelis Barrios (VEN) in the final. Prior to the final the head-to-head between the two fighters stood at one victory each.

As the timer passed the 2-minute mark of Golden Score, it was Renshall who scored via a left kouchi makikomi to register a waza-ari score and record the greatest result of her senior career, and most importantly, claim 1000 world ranking points.