Day 1 in London was not a successful one for Armenians representing their country at the Olympic Games. Arsen Galstyan might have won a gold medal in Judo, but the Russian-Armenian was representing Russia.
The closest Armenia came to medal in today’s action was in the same event Galstyan won gold. Hovhannes Davtyan got off to a strong start defeating Germany’s Tobias Englmaier in the first round.
After his first round victory, Davtyan went on to defeat Ilgar Mushkiev of Azerbaijan and Yerekebulan Kossayev of Kazakhstan to advance to the quarterfinals.
In the quarterfinals, Davtyan finally succumbed to Italy’s Elio Verde. He had a chance for a bronze medal in the repechage round, but he lost to France’s Sofiane Milous.
In gymnastics, Artur Davtyan failed to even come close to qualifying for the individual all-around event. His total score of 82.865 was close to the bottom of the standings. He also failed to qualify for the final events in pommel horse, vault, rings, parallel bars, horizontal bars, and floor.
In the ring, Andranik Hakobyan had a tough loss to American Terrell Gausha in the first round of the middleweight event. Hakobyan had an 8-7 lead over Gausha going into the final round, but Gausha bounced back strong, knocking out Hakobyan in the dying seconds of the bout.
Finally, Norayr Bakhtamyan had a modest performance in the 10 m air pistol shooting event. He finished 16th in the qualifying round, but needed to finish in the top 8 to advance to the final round.