Aghasi Aghasyan wins gold at World University Weightlifting Championships

Review of July 1-8 sports events.

Weightlifting: Taiwan hosted 2nd World University Weightlifting Championships, where Armenia was represented by three sportsmen. Aghasi Aghasyan (weight class 77kg) won the champion's title, lifting 316kg in snatch, clean and jerk combination and surpassing his nearest competitor Nien-Peng Chiang (Taiwan ) by 33kg. Rubik Mamoyan (weight class 62kg) won a gold medal in snatch, lifting 120kg, but failed in clean & jerk. Meanwhile, Vardan Davtyan (weight class 94kg) won bronze medal, lifting 358kg in snatch, clean and jerk combination.

PanARMENIAN.Net - Basketball: Armenian women's basketball team was defeated by Malta 65:74 in the FIBA European Division C Championships final in Yerevan. Both teams qualified for FIBA European Division B Championships in 2011 prior to the final match.

Chess: Georgia’s Nana Dzagnidze won FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Jermuk. Russia’s Tatiana Kosintseva came 2nd. Armenia’s Elina Danielyan and Lilit Mkrtchyan finished 3rd and 4th respectively. The tournament winner received 6500 euro. Other participants also got money awards.

Wrestling: Armenia’s Greco Roman wrestler Arthur Alexanyan won silver at European Youth Wrestling Championships in Samokov, Bulgaria. Gevorg Sahakyan won bronze.Armenian freestyle wrestlers failed to win medals.

Boxing: Armenia’s Olympic aspirant Hrayr Matevosyan has won Vladimir Klichko Boxing Tournament, which brought together 74 boxers from 12 countries. In the final bout, Matevosyan beat an Azerbaijani boxer

Football: FC Ulysses (Armenia) tied the first match with FC Bney-Yehuda (Israel) in the first qualifying round of 2010-2011 Europa League. Though both teams had chances to score goals, the match has ended in a bare draw. Tel-Aviv will host the return game on July 8. Chief Coach of Ulysses Sevada Arzumanyan said that some changes will be made in Ulysses composition in the return game.

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FC Banants (Armenia) lost the first match against FC Anorthosis (Cyprus) – 0:3, in the first qualifying round of 2010-2011 Europa League. Yerevan will host the return match on July 8, the football club said on its official website. Armenia is second at FIBA European Division C Championships.

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Armenia’s champions Pyunik beat Kilikia 4:2 in the 7th round of Armenian top division championship. Gandzasar lost a match to Impulse 1:2. Mika vs. Ulysses and Shirak vs. Banants matches were postponed due to Europa League schedule.

Tennis Russia and Argentina attempted to cast off the favorites' tag ahead of their Davis Cup quarter-final in Moscow. Russia, led by No. 6-ranked Nikolay Davydenko, has not lost at home in the Davis Cup since its 1995 final defeat to the United States and has a 3-2 record against Argentina in the event. With Argentina missing star players Juan Martin Del Potro and Juan Monaco, Russia looks to be in a good position ahead of the match, but captain Shamil Tarpischev said it would be tight. Argentina has called on three players - Horacio Zeballos, Eduardo Schwank and Leonardo Mayer - that helped it surprise Sweden in the first round in March. The experienced David Nalbandian is also in the team. "We are happy to have David in the team," Vazquez said of the 28-year-old Nalbandian, who has slipped to No. 153 after a series of injuries.

Hasmik Babayan, Gohar Nalbandyan / PanARMENIAN News
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