Ashley McKenzie has the momentum to clinch Commonwealth Games gold tonight in Glasgow tonight.

So said coach Luke Preston after the Maida Vale judoka swept aside first former British champion John Buchanan and then Sigauque Neuso of Mozambique to earn the right to fight for glory.

India’s Navjot Chana will be the man standing between McKenzie and his goal of gold shortly after 6pm this evening and while Preston expects no easy ride for his charge he senses the omens are good.

He said: “It will be a tough final as all the Indians are strong, but the thing with Ashley tends to be when he gets on a rolls he gets better through the rounds so I would expect him to win.

McKenzie, a Celebrity Big Brother finalist shortly after London 2012 has suffered from ADHD in the past, but looked super focused from the off in his quarter final with former British Champion and darling of the home crowd John Buchanan who had come out of retirement just for the games.

The crucial score came early as McKenzie secured a Yuko and though the contest went the full five minutes, the west Londoner was always in charge, Buchanan picking up two Shidos or penalties as he battled to hang on.

With confidence high the 25-year-old made short work of Neuso Sigauque in his semi-final, throwing him for Ippon around two minutes into the five-minute bout.

Preston conceded having the home favourite and his partisan crowd to face first up had probably helped McKenzie focus.

“I think the fact the crowd was against him did help him, but at the same time as he matures into the athlete he is becoming that is less and less a problem.

“He has got his techniques that he is working on in terms of keeping himself focused and I could see today that he was switched on from the beginning.

“He is working with a sports psychologist at the minute on just that sort of thing.

“In Judo whenever the judge says ‘Matte’ and the contest stops it is about trying to get him to re-focus on his game-plan at every point where that happens so he is ready to go again."

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