Unarmed self-defense: Armenian fighters win medals at European championships

Members of Team Armenia at the European Sambo Championships held among both men and women in Moscow, Russia, have won nine medals, including one silver and eight bronzes.

(Sambo, a Russian acronym for unarmed self-defense, is a hand-to-hand fighting system popular in former Soviet and Eastern Bloc countries.)

According to the Armenian Sambo Federation, Mkhitar Mkhitaryan (combat sambo, w/c 52 kg) won the only silver medal for the team on the last day of the competitions on Sunday. Bronze medals on the same day were won by Vachik Vardanyan (combat sambo, 68 kg) and Ashot Danielyan (sport sambo, 82 kg).

Earlier, on the first day of the competitions on May 18, Gayane Khachatryan (female sport sambo, 60 kg), Tigran Kirakosyan (sport sambo, 52 kg) and Harutyun Sirabyan (combat sambo, 57 kg) also became bronze medalists.

Another three members of the Armenian team – Vahan Vardanyan (sport sambo, 57 kg), Sose Balasanyan (female sport sambo, 52 kg) and Mavrik Nasibyan (combat sambo, 82 kg) also won bronze medals the next day.

A total of 17 athletes representing Armenia took part in the European championships that had brought together 450 sportsmen representing 32 national federations.