Martial Arts: Armenian junior sambo fighters win medals at world championships

The team of Armenian unarmed self-defense fighters has returned home from the World Junior Championships with a good haul of medals, including one gold, one silver and five bronzes.

The competitions in sambo, a hand-to-hand fighting system popular in former Soviet and Eastern Bloc countries, were held in Riga, Latvia, on October 13-16.

According to the Sambo Federation of Armenia (, Grigor Mkhitaryan (w/c 48kg) repeated his 2010 success to win another world title. The only silver medal was won by Tigran Kirakosyan (w/c 52kg). Among the five bronze medalists were: Maxim Manukyan (w/c 48kg), Karen Tonoyan (w/c 62kg), Mher Karapetyan (w/c 82kg), Rafik Manukyan (w/c 65kg), as well as Roza Khachatryan (w/c 52kg).