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Varazdat Lalayan won Gold in the Men’s +109 kg Category (2024 IWF European Championships)

The last day of the European Championships in Sofia went all out as we enjoyed a thrilling battle between the athletes competing in the men’s 109+ kg category. 

Among these nine athletes, the very best one on the day proved to be Varazdat Lalayan from Armenia, who managed to win the competition by a margin.

The Armenian lifter started strongly lifting 205 kg on the Snatch and winning first place for the lift, leading the second-placed by 10 kg.

His solid performance continued on the Clean & Jerk, where he lifted 250 kg, which again was enough to get him first place on the podium for the lift.


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He lifted 250 kg in the second attempt and withdrew from the third attempt after the failure of his contender Simon Martirosyan.

Varazdat Lalayan
Varazdat Lalayan

Simon missed 255 kg in his third attempt, so Lalayan guaranteed himself a Gold medal. And so, with two gold medals – for the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk and a total of 455 kg, Varazdat Lalayan was crowned the new king of Europe for the +109 kg men’s category. 

Last year, the Armenian finished second in both the European Championships in his home country and at the World Championships in Riyadh. His gold medal from this edition of the Europeans is his best one so far, and the hope is that his great run of form will continue throughout the entire season. 

If you want to read a recap of the entire European Championships, head on over to our blog. And for more fitness and weightlifting content, make sure to check out our social media channels and our YouTube channel as well. 

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Read the full report about each day of the 2024 European Weightlifting Championships prepared by our media team. Don’t miss the opportunity to stay updated and follow this great event in the Olympic weightlifting world with us from the very beginning till the end!

Detailed results of each day:

Tanya Shaiko

Author: Tanya Shaiko
News Editor, Olympic Lifting Enthusiast

Oly Lifting Experience: 6 years
Best ResultsSnatch – 61 kg,
C&J – 78 kg

I’m Tanya, and I just can’t do without fitness. About six years ago, I got into Olympic weightlifting and instantly fell in love with it. Weightlifting is like no other sport – it’s just you versus the bar. Driven by my unwavering passion for an active lifestyle, I’ve been eager to share my personal journey and sports enthusiasm with others. As a journalist and photographer, my interests come full circle, adding an extra dimension to the news column that I curate. This way, I keep my readers updated with the latest happenings in the sports world.

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