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Karate brings Azerbaijan first Baku 2015 medals

Karate Day 1: Baku 2015 - 1st European Games
Rafael Aghayev of Azerbaijan celebrates after defeating Luigi Busa of Italy in the final. Paul Gilham/Getty Images
Farzaliyev and Aghayev win gold for hosts, while France and Turkey also claim two titles

Host nation Azerbaijan won its first gold medals of the Baku 2015 on the first Saturday afternoon of the European Games. Firdovsi Farzaliyev defeated Italy's Luca Maresca in the men's Kumite -60kg category of the Karate competition, and later the 'Black Panther' - Rafael Aghayev - took down Luigi Busa in the -75kg class.

Earlier in the day, Ilaha Gasimova had won Azerbaijan's first medal of the Games, taking bronze in the women's Kumite -55kg.

The 22-year-old defeated Spain's Cristina Ferrer Garcia, with France's Emily Thouy winning the gold medal by beating Croatia's Jelena Kovacevic in the final.

Lucie Ignace won the second gold medal for the French team in -61kg, where she was handed a unanimous points decision after 1-1 after full time against Merve Coban of Turkey.

Turkey's two gold medals came from Serap Ozcelik in the women's -50kg, and Buruk Uygur in the men's -67kg.

Ozcelik won the fiercely contested women's Kumite -50kg title, defeating Austria's Bettina Plank, while Alexandra Recchia of France took the bronze. 

 

 


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