Armenia at the Olympics: Julfalakyan Wins First Armenian Silver Since 1996 (Days 6-10 Update)

After a disappointing start to the weightlifting events, Team Armenia finally won their first medal – a silver by Arsen Julfalakyan in Greco-Roman wrestling’s 74-kg discipline on Day 9.

Julfalakyan won his first three matches against opponents from Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, and Azerbaijan to advance to the finals. In the finals, he was overwhelmed by Russia’s Roman Vlasov, who defeated Julfalakyan in two rounds to win the gold medal. With the loss, Julfalakyan earned the silver medal, which was the second silver in Armenia’s history and the first since 1996.

Day 9 also saw Armenian weightlifter Hripsime Khurshudyan win the bronze medal in the +75-kg event. Khurshudyan was in fourth place after the snatch round, where she lifted 128-kg. Then in the clean and jerk round, she lifted 166-kg for a total score of 294-kg. This put her in position for bronze.

Aside from Julfalakyan’s and Khurshudyan’s successes, there hasn’t been much to get excited about for Team Armenia.

In the long jump qualifying on Day 7, both Vardan Pahlevanyan and Arsen Sargsyan failed to qualify, finishing 40th and 25th respectively. They needed to be in the top 12 to advance.

On the same day, Ara Khachatryan was unsuccessful in his attempts to medal in the men’s 85-kg event in weightlifting. He wasn’t able to snatch the 165-kg barbel over his head in the first round and as a result, he didn’t even participate in the clean and jerk round.

The following day, Norayr Vardanyan finished in 11th place during the 94-kg event in weightlifting. Vardanyan lifted a combined mass of 380-kg and he was just 27-kg from a bronze medal in what was a tight contest.

Four of the six Armenians in weightlifting competitions weren’t able to finish their respective events. They either failed to lift the barbel over their heads or in Tigran Martirosyan’s case, he withdrew due to injury. Only Khurshudyan, who won a bronze, and Vardanyan were able to finish their events.

In shooting, Norayr Bakhtamyan participated in his second event after finishing 16th in the 10 m air pistol qualifying. On Day 9, Bakhtamyan finished 18th in the 50 m pistol competition and failed to qualify for the final round.

Finally, Greco-Roman wrestler Yuri Patrikeyev lost in the round of 16 during the 120-kg discipline after winning his first match against a Russian. Patrikeyev lost to Bashir Babajanzadeh of Iran.

Team Armenia has five wrestlers that have yet to participate in their respective events. They also have two javelin throwers and one taekwondo athlete remaining in the last six days of the XXX Olympiad.

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