Weightlifting: World Championships too heavy for Armenia to handle

Weightlifting: World Championships too heavy for Armenia to handle


Armenia’s Hripsime Khurshudyan had a dislocation of her arm while attempting to snatch a 130-kg weight.

Team Armenia suffered a major setback at the World Weightlifting Championships that ended in Paris, France, on Sunday.

A total of ten athletes representing Armenia participated in the major international weightlifting forum and only one of them, Tigran Martirosyan managed to win a medal. The athlete competing in the 77-kg weight class won what is called a “little” bronze in the snatch event.

All other athletes either placed outside the top three or dropped out of the competition over failed attempts at weights or due to injuries.

In the competition among women the bad news for Armenia was the injury suffered by Hripsime Khurshudyan, one of the nation’s heavyweight hopefuls for next summer’s London Olympics. The sportswoman reportedly dislocated her arm while attempting to lift a 130-kg weight in snatch and dropped out of the contest. Doctors have yet to say the severity of her injury.

Armenia’s other weightlifting hope, 2009 world champion Nazik Avdalyan has stayed out of the sport since spring after she suffered serious injuries in a car crash. Last month she said she would recover for weightlifting only in two years and thus would miss the 2012 Olympic Games.