The 27-year-old made a bright start to the contest before her opponent received three warnings in quick succession for illegal moves, allowing Kostenko to see out the win.
Result: Russia's Yana Kostenko holds off Kalina Stefanova for gold
By Sian Cowper, Reporter | 6y
Russia's Yana Kostenko survives a scrappy bout with Kalina Stefanova of Bulgaria to win sambo gold at the European Games.
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Result: Russia claim first sambo gold>
Read more about Yana Kostenko Kalina Stefanova Katsiaryna Pakatenka Shahane Huseynova Daniele Hondui Yaiza Jimenez Lopez Sambo
Follow @SportsMole for the latest breaking news stories, and follow @sm_headlines to get every headline from Sports Mole