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Hovhannes Davtyan

Hovhannes Davtyan (Armenian: Հովհաննես Դավթյան, born November 25, 1983 in Leninakan, Armenian SSR) is an Armenian judoka. He fights in the under 60 kg category, and is very tall compared to the other fighters in his weight division.

Hovhannes Davtyan
Medal record
Men's judo
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Rotterdam –60 kg
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 2007 Belgrade –60 kg
Silver medal – second place 2012 Chelyabinsk –60 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Montpellier -60 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Kazan -60 kg

Early lifeEdit

Hovhannes Davtyan was born on November 25, 1983 in Leninakan, Armenian SSR (now Gyumri, Armenia). He began practicing judo at the age of 12 years under his current coach Karen Simonyan.[1]

CareerEdit

Davtyan made his debut on the international stage in January 2005 at the World Cup in Tbilisi, where he took fifth place and left without a medal. In March of that year, at another stage of the World Cup tour in Tallinn, Davtyan, for the first time in his career, became a medal winner of the international competition, winning a silver medal. In October and November 2005, in preparation for the European Championship, Davtyan won second place at an international tournament in Sweden and won antologichnogo tournament in Finland. Held in Kyiv at the European Youth Championship, Davtyan took 5th place.

2006Edit

2006 was, as a whole, not successful for the Armenian athlete. In March, at the World Cup in Prague, he lost in one of the circles of the decisive battle.[clarification needed] Davtyan still got the opportunity to fight for the bronze medal. However, he lost and took fifth place.

2007Edit

In 2007, Davtyan performed quite successfully. In January, at the World Cup in Tbilisi, the Armenian sportsman took third place. At the beginning of the next month, at the Super World Cup in Paris, he took fifth place. A few weeks later, at the end of February, at another stage of the Super World Cup in Paris, Davtyan won the tournament and won his first gold medal in the international arena. In April 2007, at the European Championships in Belgrade, Davtyan ranked second. A month later, at the next stage of the World Cup, held in Moscow, Davtyan won the gold medal. At the end of that year, Davtyan took second place at an international tournament in Yerevan and the International Cup in Tehran.

2008Edit

At the beginning of 2008, at the World Cup in Tbilisi, Davtyan ranked fifth. In early February, at the Super World Cup in Paris, he came in seventh. At the Super World Cup, held in late February in Hamburg, he was third. In Lisbon, the European Championships, Davtyan finished seventh in the final. In the same year, as part of the Armenian national team, Davtyan went to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. After winning in the first round against Cuban Yosmani Piker, he lost in the second round to the representative of North Korea Kim Kyong-Jin.

2009Edit

On February 28, at the World Cup in Warsaw, Davtyan took second place. In May, he won the Grand Slam tournament, held in Moscow. In August, at the 2009 World Judo Championships in Rotterdam, Davtyan was third. Then, in November, he won the championship of Armenia. At the end of the year, Davtyan went to the stage of the Grand Slam in Tokyo, where he finished fifth.

2010Edit

In March 2010, Hovhannes Davtyan won the Cup of Armenia. At the 2010 European Judo Championships, held in Vienna, he ranked fifth. In November of the same year, at the Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, Davtyan was third.

2011Edit

In late January, at the World Cup in Tbilisi, Hovhannes Davtyan came third. In early February, at the Grand Slam tournament in Paris, he won second place. Then, a week later, at the World Cup in Budapest, he again came in second. A week later, on February 19, at the Grand Prix in Düsseldorf, Davtyan was in fifth. After seven days, the World Cup in Warsaw took place in late February, Davtyan came in second place. In May, at the Grand Slam tournament in Moscow, Davtyan was fifth, and in August at the 2011 World Judo Championships in Paris, Davtyan came in seventh place. In that year, he gained the necessary ranking points to secure a ticket to the Olympic Games in London in 2012.[2]

2012Edit

On February 4, 2012, at the Grand Slam tournament in Paris, Davtyan was seventh. After that, at the 2012 European Judo Championships in Chelyabinsk, Davtyan won a silver medal. In June, at the World Cup held in Prague, Davtyan came in second. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Davtyan knocked out German Tobias Englmaier, Azeri Ilgar Mushkiyev and Kazakh Yerkebulan Kossayev. In the fight for the semi-finals, Davtyan narrowly lost to Italian Elio Verde. After this, Davtyan had the opportunity to compete for the Olympic bronze medal, but controversially lost to Frenchman Sofiane Milous and took seventh place. According to Karen Simonyan, Davtyan's coach, there were interference during his matches. He revealed Davtyan performed throws which should have been scored as a ‘yuko’ (a throw that places the opponent onto his side), but this did not happen. Also, Davtyan was groundlessly given a second warning, which gave a point to the opponent and Davtyan lost.[3]

AchievementsEdit

Year Tournament Place Weight class
2007 European Judo Championships 2nd Extra lightweight (–60 kg)
2008 European Championships 7th Extra lightweight (–60 kg)
2009 World Championships 3rd Extra lightweight (–60 kg)
2012 European Judo Championships 2nd Extra lightweight (–60 kg)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Լոնդոն-2012. Հայ օլիմպիականները. Հովհաննես Դավթյան (in Armenian). sport.news.am. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Լոնդոն-2012. Հայ օլիմպիականները. Հովհաննես Դավթյան" (in Armenian). sport.news.am. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  3. ^ Հովհաննես Դավթյանի անձնական մարզիչ. Չորս տարվա աշխատանքն ընկավ ջուրը (in Armenian). sport.news.am. Retrieved 24 February 2013.

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