Sport: Armenia leading at World Chess Olympiad; weightlifters suffer setbacks

Chess: Armenia ended the fifth day of the ongoing World Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, with a 2 ½ to 1 ½ defeat over Russia’s second team.

Having five victories in as many matches the twice Olympic champion team led by GM Levon Aronyan on board #1 shared the first three places with Georgia and Hungary (among 149 teams) before the day-off on Sunday.

The tournament resuming on Monday still has six rounds. Armenia’s next rival is Georgia.

Armenia’s women’s team, meanwhile, in Round 5 beat Greece 2 ½ to 1 ½ to share 7th-11th positions among 115 teams before the sixth day of play.

Full results and standings from the 39th World Chess Olympiad are available at the official website:

Weightlifting: Two Armenian weightlifters suffered a setback at the world weightlifting championships in Antalya, Turkey, late last week.

Ara Khachaturyan, in the 85-kg section, won a “small” gold in snatch with a result of 175kg, but suffered an arm injury at the very first attempt at 201kg in clean and jerk and had to leave the competition.

His teammate participating in the same weight division, Tigran V. Martirosyan, failed to lift the ordered weight of 170kg and also dropped out.

Hripsime Khurshudyan, in the women’s +75kg section, finished only fourth lifting 283kg in snatch, clean and jerk.

Earlier, Armenia’s Tigran G. Martirosyan became the world champion in men’s 77-kg category lifting a total of 373kg and Meline Daluzyan, earned a bronze medal in the 69-kg weight category among women.

More information and results from the championships are available here:

Football: FC Pyunik earned Armenia’s Super Cup by beating FC Banants 2-0 on Friday. Both teams are currently contesting this year’s Premier League title in a close race.

Meanwhile, Armenia’s Under-17 team ended in a 1-1 draw of their second match, against Czech coevals, in the ongoing qualifying round for European championships hosted by Iceland.

In their first match in Group 7 Armenia lost to Turkey 0-3. The Armenian youths are scheduled to play Iceland in the last match of the tournament. (Sources: UEFA, FFA)