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Armenian boxers, wrestlers win medals at European Championships

Review of June 17-25 sports events.

Football: Armenian forwards Gevorg Ghazaryan and Marcos Pizzelli signed 3-year contracts with Metallurg Donetsk. “We have closely watches the guys’ career, so there was no need for a try-out,” Metallurg sports director Vardan Israelyan said. The first match the Armenian forwards played as part of the Ukrainian FC was a friendly against Ujpest (Hungary) on June 21. Earlier, Metallurg signed a contract with Armenian midfielder Karlen Mkrtchyan.

PanARMENIAN.Net - Nyon hosted the first and second qualifying round draw of UEFA Europa League. According to draw results, 2010 Armenian champion Pyunik will rival FC Viktoria Plzen of Czech Republic in the second qualifying round. Mika will rival Norway's Valerenga.

Boxing and freestyle wrestling: Armenia’s Vladimir Sarukhanyan won bronze at Men's 2011 European Amateur Boxing Championships going on in Ankara, Turkey. In a clash against Fatih Keles of Turkey, Sarukhanyan (under 60kg) suffered a 10:5, 9: 5, 9: 6 loss as a result of 3 rounds. At the Championships, Armenian team was represented by 7 boxers, which dropped out in different competition stages.

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Three Armenian representatives won medals on the first day of the European Freestyle Wrestling Junior Championship youth going on in Zrenjanin, Serbia. Vahe Tamrazyan (84kg) won a silver medal, yielding to Georgia’s Dato Marsagishvili in the final. Matevos Saroyan (55kg) won bronze, defeating rivals from Ukraine, Romania and Turkey. Another bronze medal went to Grigor Grigoryan (66kg). Narek Sirunyan (60kg) also had a chance to win a bronze medal, however he was beaten by Rafal Statkiewicz (Poland). The Armenian national team raised to the fifth place with 36 points in the team event.

Tennis: Argentine David Nalbandian, ranked at number 23 in the world, won his first two matches in the champions tiebreak but he didn't get lucky the third time around. After two sets and two rain delays, in the end it was David Ferrer, who prevailed 7-5, 4-6, 10-6. The two Davids have practiced together at Stoke Park this week and they know each other well. On court, they've faced each other already twelve times, including at Masters events, Slams and in Davis Cup. And at the start of this season, they met in the final at Auckland. Back then, Ferrer won in straights and he also holds the upper hand in terms of the match record (7-5).

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Nalbandian continued to impress the tennis fans as he won his second round clash against the Austrian, Andreas Haider-Maurer, at the Wimbledon Championships on June 23. Nalbandian displayed his vintage form to wrap up a convincing four-set victory against the Austrian at 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, to make it to the third round of the Grand Slam tournament. Next up for Nalbandian is Roger Federer who cruised into the Wimbledon third round, dismissing Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in a mere 1 hour and 28 minutes.

Gohar Nalbandyan, Hasmik Babayan / PanARMENIAN News
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