David Safaryan

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David Safaryan
Դավիթ Սաֆարյան
Personal information
Born (1989-08-01) 1 August 1989 (age 28)
Cherkessk, Russia
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Sport
Sport Wrestling
Event(s) Freestyle
Coached by Ovik Safaryan
Araik Baghdadyan

David Safaryan (Armenian: Դավիթ Սաֆարյան; born 1 August 1989) is an Armenian and Russian Freestyle wrestler and World and European Champion.

Biography[edit]

Safaryan was born on 1 August 1989 in Cherkessk, Russia. He began wrestling since childhood in his father's initiative, who had the title of Master of Sports in wrestling. Since 2003, he trained in Krasnodar under Abdulla Magomedov. From 2006 to 2009, he was a member of the cadet and junior national team of Russia, becoming a Cadet European Champion in 2006 and 2007 and a Junior World Championships silver medalist in 2009.

Later, Safaryan decided to compete for Armenia, where he began to train under the head coach of the Armenian freestyle wrestling team Araik Baghdadyan. His first success at the senior international level came when he won a bronze medal at the 2012 European Wrestling Championships. Shortly thereafter, he competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but was unable to win a medal due to controversial refereeing while facing Kazakh Akzhurek Tanatarov in the quarterfinals, amid a number of other controversial Kazakhstan victories.[1]

He won a gold medal at the 2013 European Wrestling Championships in Tbilisi.[2] Safaryan is the first Armenian to become a European Champion in freestyle wrestling in nine years. Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili came up and congratulated David afterwards.[3] At the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, he won a silver medal. Later that year Safaryan also won the gold medal at the 2013 World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, taking revenge on Tanatarov in the quarterfinals and defeating Cuban Liván López, another 2012 Olympic medalist, in the finals.[4] Safaryan was named the Armenian Athlete of the Year for 2013 by vote conducted by the Republican Federation of Sports Journalists of Armenia.[5]

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