CRETEIL (AP Worldstream)–Two-time Olympic champion Armen Nazarian of Bulgaria successfully defended his world crown Sunday–beating Cuba’s Roberto Monzon 6-2 in the 60-kilogram (132-pound) final on the last day of the Greco-Roman World Championships.
Nazarian–Olympic gold medalist in 1996 and 2000–raced into a 6-0 lead–but suffered against a late comeback from his speedy and aggressive opponent.
Monzon–who collapsed to the mat clutching his back late in the bout–claimed his first silver medal at the Worlds–adding to his collection of three bronze medals. Nazarian has won Olympic golds with different countries.
In 1996–he clinched the gold at Atlanta wearing the colors of his native Armenia. Four years later–after having secured Bulgarian citizenship in 1997–he won gold at Sydney for his newly-adopted country. He had previously won the European Championship under Armenian colors in 1994 and a silver medal at the Worlds in 1995.
Since representing Bulgaria–the 29-year-old has added four European titles–in addition to back-to-back world crowns and Olympic gold at Sydney.