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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