Hripsime Khurshudyan

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Hripsime Khurshudyan
Հռիփսիմե Խուրշուդյան.jpg
Personal information
Born (1987-07-27) 27 July 1987 (age 29)
Kasakh, Armenia
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb)
Country  Armenia
Sport Weightlifting
Event(s) +75 kg

Hripsime Khurshudyan (Armenian: Հռիփսիմե Խուրշուդյան, born July 27, 1987 in Kasakh, Armenian SSR) is an Armenian female weightlifter.[1]

Early life[edit]

Hripsime was born in the village Kasakh in the Nairi region of Armenian SSR.

She has been training in weightlifting since she was 15 under the honored coach of Armenia, Sarmen Yesayan.[2]


Khurshudyan won a silver medal at the 2006 European Weightlifting Championships. She became the first woman weightlifter from the independent Republic of Armenia to win a medal at the European Weightlifting Championships. The following year, she and Meline Daluzyan became the first Armenian female weightlifters to become European Champions at the 2007 European Weightlifting Championships. Khurshudyan also became a Junior World Champion in 2007.

Khurshudyan competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 75 kg weight class, finishing in 11th place. She was a late substitute for Meline Daluzyan, who suffered from an acute attack of pancreatitis and was forced to withdraw from the Olympics. Since she was not prepared to take part in this competition, Khurshudyan could not perform to the best of her ability.[3]

In 2010, Khurshudyan was unable to fit within the weight category of 75 kg and was forced to move up in weight class.

She participated in the women's +75 kg weight class at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, though weighing in at only 76 kg. She originally won the bronze medal, finishing behind Tatiana Kashirina and Zhou Lulu. She snatched 128 kg and jerked an additional 166 kg for a total of 294 kg. Khurshudyan originally became not only the first Armenian woman to win an Olympic medal in weightlifting, but also the first Armenian woman to win an Olympic medal.[4]

In 2016, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) revealed that she was one of 11 weightlifters who failed a doping test. Actual retests of her samples from 2008 revealed the presence of stanozolol, and she was officially disqualified.[5] Actual retests of her samples from 2012 revealed the presence of dehydrochlormethyltestosterone and stanozolol. It was expected that she would be stripped of her 2012 Olympic medal.[6] In November 2016, she was stripped of the Olympic medal.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Following the 2012 Olympics, Khurshudyan got married and took some time off from the sport of weightlifting.[8]


  1. ^ "Hripsime Khurshudyan profile at the Official site of the London 2012 Olympic Games". 18 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Armenia's Hripsime Khurshudyan dedicates her victory to Armenian people and her boyfriend". Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Бронзовая Олимпиада (in Russian). Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "London 2012 Olympic Games London 2012 Olympic Games". 18 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  5. ^ International Weightlifting Federation (18 June 2016). "PUBLIC DISCLOSURES". Retrieved 2016-10-07. 
  6. ^ "Valentin eyes London gold after rivals fail retests". 28 July 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "London 2012: Yuliya Zaripova among 12 disqualified after retests". 21 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  8. ^ "I will wed this year and not train for one year – London Olympics bronze medalist Armenian weightlifter". Retrieved 2 January 2013. 

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