Weightlifting: Armenia’s Nazik Avdalyan wins gold at European championships

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Five years after receiving a serious spinal trauma, Armenia’s female weightlifter Nazik Avdalyan has won a gold medal at European championships, putting up a dazzling performance in the Norwegian city of Fjord.

Competing against eight other athletes in the 69-kg weight division, the 29-year-old from Gyumri showed a combined result of 237 kilograms in snatch, clean and jerk exercises to win the European title on Thursday.

In 2011, Avdalyan was seriously injured in a car crash and doctors did not recommend her to continue her sporting career because of her spine problems. The athlete appeared to have condoned with her status when in 2014 she called it a career and joined the junior national team as a coach. Later, however, she restarted her trainings and today has managed to triumph in Europe.

During her career, Avdalyan already once won at the European championships – in 2008. In 2007 and 2009 she was a runner-up in Europe. Avdalyan also won a gold medal at the world championships in 2009.

Earlier, Avdalyan did not hide her ambitions to compete for Armenia in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Avdalyan’s gold medal is the second one won by Team Armenia representatives at the current championships.

On April 13, 21-year-old Andranik Karapetyan won in men’s 77-kg event, leaving another Armenian weightlifter Tigran Martirosyan in second place.

In an interview published on the official website of the National Olympic Committee of Armenia on Thursday, Karapetyan said that he had dedicated his victory to the Armenian soldiers who have died defending the borders of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.