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

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.

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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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ChinaChina24141351
United StatesUnited States20231659
JapanJapan175931
AustraliaAustralia1431431
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Monday's key events


ATHLETICS
· There are no Brits in the women's 100m hurdles final, but Puerto Rico's Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, fresh from breaking the Olympic record in the semis, will hope to pip world record holder Kendra Harrison to gold (3.50am)
· The women's 5000m final also has no Team GB representation, but two-time world champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya will be looking to add an Olympic gold to her list of honours (1.40pm)

SAILING
· The women's skiff 49er FX (6.33am) and men's skiff 49er (7.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races

FOOTBALL
· A place in the women's gold medal match is up for grabs, starting with an all-North American semi-final between United States and Canada (9am)
· Australia, who edged past Team GB's in a seven-goal quarter-final thriller, take on Sweden in the second semi-final (12pm)

CYCLING
· The track cycling schedule gets underway, with Team GB holding a particular interest in the team pursuit qualifying. Laura Kenny is part of the women's team (7.54am), while the men's team includes Ed Clancy (9.02am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· The Gadirova twins Jessica and Jennifer will both take part in the women's floor final as they look to add to their team bronze (9.57am)

WEIGHTLIFTING
· Newly-crowned European champion Emily Campbell flies the flag for Great Britain in the women's +87kg, but faces stiff competition for medals from China's Li Wenwen and New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard (11.50am)

HOCKEY
· The women's hockey quarter-finals begin, with Team GB last up against Spain (1pm)

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