Ashley McKenzie wins gold at Judo GB World Cup

Ashley McKenzie
McKenzie is hoping to compete at London 2012

Ashley McKenzie was the only British medallist on the first day of the Judo GB World Cup on Saturday.

The 21-year-old from London, who won the European Under-23 title last year, beat Slovakian Matjaz Trbovc in the under-60kg final in Liverpool.

"I feel really positive, everything I do is towards the Olympic Games, I got gold and that's all I can ask of myself," he said.

"It's my first GB World Cup medal and it's great to get a big win at home."

Cornwall's Lewis Keeble was beaten by Jasper Lefevere of Belgium in the -73kg bronze medal match, while Scotland's James Millar bowed out in the first round of the -60kg category.

Saturday's other gold medallists were France's David Larose (-66kg) and American Nicholas Delpopolo (-73kg).

It is Britain's first big event since a poor performance at August's World Championships, at which Britain failed to win a medal. prompted a shake-up in the coaching staff as three senior coaches departed and Romanian Daniel Lascau was brought in as performance director.