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Armenia Finishes With Four Medals at Rio 2016 Olympics

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (A.W.)Armenias Olympic team won a total of four medalsone gold and three silverat the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which came to an end on Aug. 21.

Armenias Olympic team won a total of four medalsone gold and three silver medalsat the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which came to an end on Aug. 21.

A record number 33 athletes represented Team Armenia at the gamesthe most since 32 athletes participated in the 1996 games in Atlanta, Ga.

Armenian-American gymnast Houry Gebeshian made history on Aug. 7, by becoming the first female gymnast to represent the Republic of Armenia in Olympic competition. Gebeshian competed at the 2016 Olympic Games on the bars, beam, floor, and vault, wearing her all-white leotard featuring a sequin Mount Ararat.

Armenian-American gymnast Houry Gebeshian made history on Aug. 7, by becoming the first female gymnast to represent the Republic of Armenia in Olympic competition.

Simon Martirosyan (b. 1997) became Armenias first medal winner at the Olympics after winning a silver in mens 105 kg weightlifting on Aug. 15. Martirosyan lifted a total of 417 kg, and placed second only to Ruslan Nurudinov of Uzbekistan, who set an Olympic record with a total weight of 431 kg. Martirosyan has previously won a gold medal at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics and a bronze medal in the 2016 European Weightlifting Championships.

Martirosyan after receiving his silver medal

Armenias Migran Arutyunyan (b. 1989) won Armenias second silver medal, after falling to Davor ?tefanek of Serbia in the Greco-Roman Wrestling 66 kg final on Aug. 16. Arutyunyan defeated the reigning 71 kg world champion, Azerbaijans Rasul Chunayev, 4-1 in the semifinal match to move onto the final.

Arutyunyan during his semi-final match (Photo: USA Today Sports)

Later in the same day, Artur Aleksanyanthe flag bearer at the closing ceremony, which was held on Aug. 21won Armenias first gold medal at the games, after defeating Yasmany Daniel Lugo Cabrera of Cuba in the Greco-Roman Wrestling 98 kg final. Aleksanyan, the two-time reigning world champion, won back-to-back matches by technical fall in the quarterfinals and semifinals. He beat Turkeys Cenk ?ldem in the semifinals.

Artur Aleksanyan after his gold medal win

During his medal ceremony, Aleksanyan wore a shirt with an image of Robert Abajyana junior sergeant killed in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh/NKR) in early April. Abajyan was posthumously awarded with the Hero of Artsakh award, which is NKRs highest honorary title. Abajyan, who was 19 years old when he was killed, is the youngest person to be awarded the title.

Aleksanyan wearing a shirt with an image of Robert Abajyan (Photo: Armenian NOC)

Gor Minasyan also won Armenias third silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Weightlifting (+105 kg) on Aug. 16. Georgias Lasha Talakhadze and Irakli Turmanidze won gold and bronze respectively. Minasyan had previously won a silver medal at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics.

Gor Minasyan




RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (A.W.)Armenias Olympic team won a total of four medalsone gold and three silverat the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which came to an end on Aug. 21. Armenias Olympic team won a total of four medalsone gold and three silver medalsat the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which came to an end on Aug. 21. A record number 33 athletes represented Team Armenia at the gamesthe most since 32 athletes participated in the 1996 games in Atlanta, Ga. Armenian-American gymnast Houry Gebeshian made history on Aug. 7, by becoming the first female gymnast to represent the Republic of Armenia in Olympic competition. Gebeshian competed at the 2016 Olympic Games on the bars, beam, floor, and vault, wearing her all-white leotard featuring a sequin Mount Ararat. Armenian-American gymnast Houry Gebeshian made history on Aug. 7, by becoming the first female gymnast to represent the Republic of Armenia in Olympic competition. Simon Martirosyan (b. 1997) became Armenias first medal winner at the Olympics after winning a silver in mens 105 kg weightlifting on Aug. 15. Martirosyan lifted a total of 417 kg, and placed second only to Ruslan Nurudinov of Uzbekistan, who [...]
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (A.W.)Armenias Olympic team won a total of four medalsone gold and three silverat the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which came to an end on Aug. 21. Armenias Olympic team won a total of four medalsone gold and three silver medalsat the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which came to an end on Aug. 21. A record number 33 athletes represented Team Armenia at the gamesthe most since 32 athletes participated in the 1996 games in Atlanta, Ga. Armenian-American gymnast Houry Gebeshian made history on Aug. 7, by becoming the first female gymnast to represent the Republic of Armenia in Olympic competition. Gebeshian competed at the 2016 Olympic Games on the bars, beam, floor, and vault, wearing her all-white leotard featuring a sequin Mount Ararat. Armenian-American gymnast Houry Gebeshian made history on Aug. 7, by becoming the first female gymnast to represent the Republic of Armenia in Olympic competition. Simon Martirosyan (b. 1997) became Armenias first medal winner at the Olympics after winning a silver in mens 105 kg weightlifting on Aug. 15. Martirosyan lifted a total of 417 kg, and placed second only to Ruslan Nurudinov of Uzbekistan, who [...]
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