Irina Zaretska tells of joy after claiming gold in women's kumite -68kg

Zaretska tells of joy after achieving gold
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Azerbaijan athlete Irina Zaretska tells of her pride after earning a gold model for the host nation in the women's kumite -68kg at the 2015 European Games in Baku.

Azerbaijan athlete Irina Zaretska has told of her pride having beaten favourite Alisa Theresa Buchinger to claim gold in the women's kumite -68kg at the 2015 European Games in Baku.

Zaretska stunned the crowd at the Crystal Hall as she completed an impressive 8-1 victory against the same opponent who had beaten her earlier in the tournament.

"I'm very proud to win the gold medal," said the 19-year-old, according to the official Baku 2015 website.

"I cried not just during the national anthem but during the final too. As I got more and more points I knew in my heart that I had the victory."

The hosts currently lead the medals table with six golds, one silver and five bronze accolades.

Gold medalist Irina Zaretska of Azerbaijan celebrates during the medal ceremony for Women's Karate Kumite -68kg on day two of the Baku 2015 European Games at Crystal Hall on June 14, 2015
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