14:34  ,  April 11, 2024

Armenia's Varazdat Lalayan becomes world weightlifting cup winner

Varazdat Lalayan (Armenia) has won the world weightlifting title.

On the last competition day of the 2024 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Cup held in Phuket, Thailand, the competitors in the men's +109kg weight class took to the stage.

Two-time world silver medalist, Europe champion, and two-time European silver medalist Varazdat Lalayan lifted a combined weight of 463 kg (210+253). Also, he won gold medals in the two exercises.

Two-time Olympic silver medalist, two-time world and European champion Simon Martirosyan (Armenia) finished fourth, with a combined result of 440 kg (195+245).

European champion Garik Karapetyan (Armenia) had become a silver medalist in the 102kg competition on Monday, by lifting a combined weight of 401 kg (185+216).

Armenia's five weightlifters competing in this tournament are contenders for spots in the Paris Olympic Games. The three strongest will be selected from them in different weight classes.

The 2024 IWF World Cup was the last ranking tournament for Armenia’s weightlifters before the Paris Olympics.

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