ANTALYA, Turkey (A.W.)—Armenian weightlifter Tigran Martirosian won the gold medal in the men’s 77 kg. at the World Weightlifting Championship, held in Antalya.
China’s Xiaojun Lu came in second with a total of 370 kg., followed by Egypt’s Tarek Yehia with 356 kg.
Meanwhile, on Sept. 22, in the 69 kg. women’s tournament, Armenia’s Meline Daluzyan won the bronze, with a total of 251 kg. (112 in snatch, 139 in clean and jerk). Russia’s Svetlana Shimkova earned the gold medal with a total of 256 kg., and China’s Yue Kang won the silver with a total of 253 kg.
In April of this year, Martirosian took home another gold medal in the European Weightlifting Championship in Minsk, Belarus, for lifting a total of 360 kg (165 in Snatch, 195 in Clean and Jerk), beating rivals Krzysztof Szramiak (Poland), and Belarusian Nikolai Chernyak, who won the silver and bronze respectively.
The 2010 tournament spans from Sept. 13-27. The opening ceremony took place on Sept. 16, and competitions began the following day, on Sept. 17.