Meline Daluzyan wins bronze at World Weightlifting Championships

Review of September 16-23 sports events.

Weightlifting: Armenia’s Elen Grigoryan (53kg) finshed 12th at the World Weightlifting Championships, lifting 186kg in snatch, clean & jerk. China’s Chen Xiaoting won the division, lifting 222kg. Meline Daluzyan (69kg) won bronze. She lifted 251 kg in snatch, clean & jerk, gaining points for London 2012 Olympic Games. Russia’s Svetlana Shimkova won the 69kg division, lifting 256 kg.

PanARMENIAN.Net - Chess: Armenian men's team scored victories over Costa Rica, Australia and Turkey at the World Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

Women's team was defeated by Czech Republic but won the games vs. IPCA (International Physically Disabled Chess Association) team and Macedonia.

Football: Arman and Artavazd Karamians signed a contract with Unirea football club. FC Unirea Voluntari Urziceni, commonly known as Unirea Urziceni, is a Romanian professional club based in Urziceni. Unirea finished 2nd the 2009–10 Liga I season, and qualified for the second time in history to the UEFA Champions League.

Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored his first goal as part of Shakhtar FC in a match against Tavria. In the 10th tour of Ukraine Championship, FC Shakhtar beat FC Tavria 4:1 to top the standings with 25 points. The next Shakhtar vs. Kryvbas match is due on September 22.

Vladikavkaz, the capital of North Ossetia, may be the venue for Armenia-Russia Euro 2012 qualifier. “Our goal is to promote football in regions. Russia’s matches should not be played in Moscow’s fields only. The capital is somewhat surfeited with football, while international matches in regions are welcomed enthusiastically,” head of the Russian Football Union Sergey Fursenko said.

Boxing: Showtime officially announced its four-man, single-elimination, bantamweight (118 pounds) tournament, which will begin with semifinal bouts on Dec. 11 in Leon, Mex. The event will feature Colombian-born IBF king Yonnhy Perez in a co-feature, rematch with Ghana's Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko, whom Perez dethroned for the crown on Halloween by unanimous decision, and rising former WBC and WBA super flyweight (115 pounds) champion Vic Darchinyan of Australia defending his IBO crown against Mexican-born Abner Mares. The winners will meet in a title bout in 2011, and the losers, in a consolation match up. "I think that this is a beautiful thing that Showtime is doing, but it isn't a bantamweight tournament, it's The Darchinyan tournament. Everyone who faces me will feel my power and be a loser," said Darchinyan. "I owe Agbeko because he got away with one last time. But it doesn't matter who I fight. Even the winner in the other bracket will be a loser because he will eventually have to face me and lose." But first, Darchinyan will have to get beyond Mares.

The super middleweight bout between Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch is going to take place before the end of the year. There are two dates being scouted by Sauerland Event. The dates of November 27 and December 18 are being mentioned. The fight was scheduled to happen on October 2, but Froch suffered a back injury and needed additional time to recover. Abraham vs. Froch is a semi-final bout in Showtime's Super Six Boxing Classic. Abraham is frustrated with the postponement. He says nobody has the exact details of Froch's injury and it makes him wonder if the British fighter is playing mental games. "What's the problem with him? No one really knows. I want this fight to be re-scheduled as soon as possible. We can't afford to lose time. A boxing career is too short, and I want to fight every three months. It is very tough waiting. Right now, the battle between is all mental, because we are evenly matched," Abraham said.

Judo: Armenian judo wrestlers Grigor Ivanyan (55kg) and Gor Harutyunyan (60kg) won silver and bronze European Youth Judo Championship in Sofia.

Tennis: France has reached its first Davis Cup final in eight years after securing a 5-0 lead over Argentina. Upon the defeat of Argentina, David Nalbandian, who led Argentina's Davis Cup team dropped 1 point to take 29th place in ATP Rankings

Gohar Nalbandyan, Hasmik Babayan / PanARMENIAN News
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