Newly-crowned Commonwealth Games judo champion Nekoda Davis has vowed to be stronger than ever next year as she bids to make Rio in 2016.

Davis looked every bit the powerhouse as she took glory from Scotland’s Stephanie Inglis in the U57kg category at the SECC on Thursday night.

The 21-year-old emerged a more aggressive fighter than she had been in the preliminaries and was already leading when she threw Inglis to the floor and applied a pin complete with strangle for 20 seconds to secure victory.

However, we apparently have not seen anything yet with Davis promising to take up a near monastic effort in the gym for the rest of 2014 in a bid to put more beef on the arms which had applied the choke just minutes earlier.

She said: “The World Championship is out of my programme for this year, so I am working on getting bigger guns and coming back with a stronger force.

 

“I’ll pumping iron 24/7 for the back end of this year and then hit the ground running before Rio and see what damage I can do if I can qualify.

She says this win is all the motivation she will need for those tough days ahead

She will take time to party first though and reflect on the fact she has proved her worth among England’s elite competitors with a win she always knew was possible and which once she had Inglis in her clutches she was not going to relinquish.

“I just decided losing was not really an option, so I just had to win whichever way, she added.

“I thought if I go out and fight hard I know I am stronger than her, so I wanted to use my brute strength basically to get her over whichever way I could and finishing it on the ground is funny because I don’t usually do any of that – none at all.

“I was squeezing as hard as I could. It was like you are not getting up, I am winning this gold medal.

“This win has given me a taste of it. It has not really sunk in yet, but I know when I get back and I’m walking around the village looking at all of the other amazing athletes I’m going to be like I’ve got a Commonwealth gold medal – this is amazing.”