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Spain's Damian Hugo Quintero: Gold-medal success at Baku 2015 "is amazing"

Gold medal winner Damian Hugo Quintero praises the "amazing" atmosphere generated by Baku 2015 spectators inside the Crystal Hall arena.

Damian Hugo Quintero has admitted that winning gold at the European Games is an "amazing" achievement.

The 30-year-old, who also claimed top spot at last year's World Championships, picked up Spain's first medal of Baku 2015 by getting the better of Italy's Mattia Busato in the men's kata final at Crystal Hall

Quintero will have little time to celebrate his victory in the Azerbaijan capital, however, with a return to his homeland already on the cards.

"It is amazing. Karate is not an Olympic sport and it is the first time we are here at the European Games," he told reporters. "The atmosphere is amazing. The people in Azerbaijan love karate and they are very supportive.

"Maybe I will celebrate at home. We have to go home tomorrow, unfortunately. I would have liked to stay longer, maybe to watch some other sports. But this is the way our committee decided."

There was further joy for Spain this afternoon as Sandra Jaime Sanchez also claimed gold in the women's kata.

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB trio Vicky Holland, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jess Learmonth all have realistic medal hopes in the women's event (10.30pm-1am)

· After an impressive opening day, Great Britain play their final group game against a Fiji side level with them at the top of the pool, but also yet to hit their brilliant best (1.30am)

· After disappointment for friend and housemate Jade Jones, Bianca Walkden will go for gold in the women's +67kg category (2am-2.30pm)
· Mahama Cho is another medal contender for Team GB in the men's +80kg class (2am-2.30pm)

· Team GB's Duncan Scott has the chance to claim his first individual Olympic medal in the men's 200m freestyle final. Teammate Tom Dean is also involved. (2.43am)
· Kathleen Dawson is the Team GB representative in the women's 100m backstroke final (2.51am)

· Eden Cheng and Lois Toulson will look to emulate Tom Daley and Matty Lee's success in the women's 10m synchro final (7am-8am)

· Three-time Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin is part of a Team GB team going for gold in the dressage team Grand Prix final (9.30am)

· Superstar Simone Biles leads the United States side in the women's team final (11.45am-2.10pm)

· Team GB's women's team play their final group game, taking on Canada with qualification for the knockout rounds already secured (12pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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