Greece’s karate kid Dionisis Xenos won gold at the 56th EKF European Senior Karate Championships in Porec, Croatia.
He secured the gold medal after defeating Russian champion Evgeny Plakhutin 1-0 in the men's 67kg final.
“I have been waiting for six years now. Every day all these years I have been practicing 4 to 6 hours a day to live this moment,” Xenos said after winning.
"A few minutes ago I wore the gold medal around my neck and the Greek flag went up to the highest mast. What I tell you I say from my heart. No 'filters'. The next goal is to qualify for the Olympic Games," he added.
Apart from Xenos, medals were also won by Vicky Panetsidou (silver) and Elena Hatziliadou, George Tzanos and Christos-Stefanos Xenos (bronze).