Turkmen weightlifters win ten medals at Asian championships

Athletes from 12 countries battled it out in eight weight categories at the Asian Junior Weightlifting Championships, at the beginning of October. Turkmen weightlifters took home a total of ten medals.

Nazar Dovletli

2009-10-13

TURKMENISTAN — Turkmen weightlifters won ten medals at the Asian Junior Championships (age 20 and under) in Tashkent, which concluded on Oct. 3.

Athletes from 12 countries battled it out in eight weight categories. Turkmenistan fielded a team of eight. Its most successful member was a student from the National Institute of Sport and Tourism, Aman Meredov, who earned four gold medals in the snatch (131kg), clean and jerk (150kg) and combined (281kg), in the under 69kg category.

Daniyar Ismailov won the snatch and combined bronzes in the under 62kg category. His team-mate, Ashir Ashirov, achieved an identical result in the under 69kg competition.

Kristina Shermetova made a successful debut on the Turkmen team, collecting three medals in her first Asian championships. In the girls’ 48kg category, the 16 year-old, coached by Armen Stepanian, won a snatch silver (57kg) and two bronze medals in the clean and jerk (70kg) and combined (127kg) competitions.

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