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.