The most impressive fighter was Kate Howey, at 23 a veteran having been representing Britain at senior level for a remarkable eight years. But it was a new, almost unrecognisable Howey who smashed one opponent after another into the mat on Saturday: she has slimmed down to middleweight, the 66 kilo category, after the last Olympiad at light-heavyweight.
Four superb throws, and an armlock put her beyond everyone's reach, and raises realistic hopes for medal success at the European championships in Ostend in a month's time.
The other gold medals were from the new generation of British fighters: Cheryl Peel (light-middleweight), Chloe Cowen (light-heavyweight) and Michelle Rogers (heavyweight), who also showed real international potential.
Yesterday Britain's solitary gold medal came from Winston Gordon, the 20-year middleweight from London, who edged past Ryan Birch, last year's European bronze medallist.Reuse content