Tigran G. Martirosyan World Weightlifting Champion

Review of September 23-30 sports events.

Weightlifting: Armenia’s Tigran G. Martirosyan claimed double gold in both clean and jerk and total in men's 77kg category at the World Weightlifting Championships in Antalya, Turkey. Martirosyan combined 173kg in the snatch and 200kg in the clean and jerk to win gold with a total weight of 373kg.

PanARMENIAN.Net - Gevorg Davtyan (77kg) failed to lift 163kg in the snatch over a back injury and decided to forgo the clean & jerk to avoid complications.

Ara Khachatryan started with 175 kg, scratching gold in the snatch but got an arm injury in an attempt to lift 201kg in the clean & jerk and withdrew.

2009 World Championships silver winner Hripsime Khurshudyan finished 4th at 2010 World Weightlifting Championships in Antalya, Turkey. Lifting 123kg in the snatch and 160kg in the clean & jerk, Khurshudyan forwent the third attempt. Russia’s Tatiana Kashirina won the championships, setting new world record with 315kg in the snatch, clean & jerk.

Meline Daluzyan won bronze, lifting 251kg in the snatch, clean & jerk.

Chess Armenian men’s team won 6 victories, suffered 2 defeats and tied 1 round at the 39th World Chess Championships in Khanty-Mansiyk, Russia. In round 9, the grandmasters were defeated by Russia, while women’s team scored a victory over Slovakia.

A commemorative silver coin was issued to symbolize the 39th World Chess Olympiad. The globe, a pawn, an archer, elements of Ugra emblem and a chessboard fragment are depicted on the reverse side of the coin. “XXXIX World Chess Olympiad” and “Khanty-Mansiysk” are inscribed. 5,000 coins were released.

Armenia was represented by 48 participants at the European Youth Chess Championship in Batumi. Shant Sargsyan (under 8 category), Karen Grigoryan (under 16 category) and Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (under 18 category) won the championship silver. Grigoryan, Ter-Sahakyan and gold winners in Under 16 and 18 categories gained equal number of points, with Armenian chess players losing based on ranking results only. In women’s championship, Armenian chess player Maria Gevorgyan (under 16 category) won the 7th place with 6 points to her score.

Boxing Gabriel Penagaricano, the legal advisor to WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, has shed some light on the various rumors connected with the Puerto Rican star's next ring appearance. Penagaricano told Carlos Gonzalez that Cotto had two offers on the table for a possible December 4 doubleheader. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was going to fight in the co-feature with Pawel Wolak. Cotto was offered the opportunity to face either Kermit Cintron or Vanes Martirosyan. After considering both fights, Cotto felt there wasn't enough motivation to accept either opponent, so instead he made a decision to sit out until early 2011 when a bigger fight becomes available. "With the departure of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Miguel knew that the other potential candidates were not on the same scale," said Penagaricano.

Top Rank Promotions' CEO, Bob Arum, said that he has "A moral obligation" to match junior middleweight (154 pounds) contender Pawel Wolak of New Jersey (27-1, 17 KOs) against unbeaten prospect Vanes Martirosyan of Glendale, Calif., (28-0, 17 KOs) since Wolak's scheduled September bout with junior middleweight and middleweight (160 pounds) prospect Julio Cesar Chavez of Mexico did not come off.

WBA/WBC super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (36-2-1,27KO’s) is not happy with recent comments made by WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel (43-2-2, 33 KOs) who stated the current IBO bantamweight champion is running scared of him. Darchinyan who won the IBO title in May by outpointing Eric Barcelona says that Montiel has only fought one real fighter in Johnny Gonzalez and that he lacks courage to fight the Australian-based, Armenian-born champion. “Montiel needs to get his head right and stop believing the fairy tales Top Rank have been telling him,” Darchinyan said. “I would fight Montiel today,” he continued. “The same thing will happen to Montiel as happened to his brother, he will be bashed and smashed.”

Football: Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium will host Armenia v Slovakia UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier on October 8, 2010. Tickets for the match cost from AMD 2000 to 6000

2011 UEFA European U-17 Championship qualification tournament has finished in Reykjavik, with Armenia suffering a 1:2 defeat by Iceland in the last match. Turkey crushed the Czech team 6:1 and qualified for the next round along with Iceland, UEFA said on its official website. Earlier, Armenia suffered a defeat by Turkey and played in a draw with the Czech Republic to bottom the Group 7 standings with 1 point.

FC Pyunik smashed FC Shirak 5:0 in round 22 of the Armenian championship. Currently, FC Banants tops the standings with 49 points, followed by FC Pyunik (49 points).

FC Shakhtar which has recently contracted Armenian halfback Henrikh Mkhitaryan secured a 1:2 victory over FC Metallist in the 11th round of Ukrainian championship. The Armenian halfback scored a goal in a playoff.

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