Armenian Weightlifter Crowned World Champion in Turkey

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.

On Sept. 23, Martirosian lifted a total of 373 kg., having successfully lifted 173 kg. in Snatch (which also won him a gold), and 200 kg. in Clean and Jerk.

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.


Nanore Barsoumian

Nanore Barsoumian was the editor of the Armenian Weekly from 2014 to 2016. She served as assistant editor of the Armenian Weekly from 2010 to 2014. Her writings focus on human rights, politics, poverty, and environmental and gender issues. She has reported from Armenia, Nagorno-Karabagh, Javakhk and Turkey. She earned her B.A. degree in Political Science and English and her M.A. in Conflict Resolution from the University of Massachusetts (Boston).


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    We are absolutely PROUD of you because you represent our beloved country Armenia and the entire Armenian population around the world..

    This is truly an achievement for all of us… APRES…

    May God bless you with many more wins…


  2. Congratulations to two fine young athletes who have obviously trained very hard, thus deserving their medals. They’re both an inspiration to all young people everywhere.

  3. Thank you for the article Nanore and Weekly.
    Good job Tigran, May God bless you.
    You are deserving to be called by Tigran name.

  4. Gina,

    You’re welcome. I’m a big supporter of physical AND mental athletics. Whether it be weightlifting, football, tennis, chess, etc., I feel that all young people should be encouraged to participate. It’s healthy, teaches sportsmanship, and as long as politics is not involved, helps to unify all athletes, and thus all nations via proxy extrapolation. perhaps they can all fix the mess all of our generation(s) (past and present) have created. They’re our main hope for a better future for all! They’ll alawys have my full support, no matter where in the world they are from. I wish them all the very best, and may they also be good role models as they teach the next and future generations!  

  5. Thats the wrong picture with the wrong guy. Thats Tigran V Martirosyan in the picture. The Armenian weightlifter that won is Tigran Gevorg Martirosyan. Be more careful next time you post the pictures its easy to mess them both up because there is two Tigran Martirosyans representing Armenia

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