Armenia at the 2012 London Games

With the 2012 Summer Olympics underway, I want to dedicate a few posts to the 2012 Armenian National Olympic Team. In case you didn’t know, I have Armenian heritage alongside Winnipeg Jets’ defenseman, Zach Bogosian, and former UNLV head coach, Jerry Tarkanian.

It’s awfully difficult to follow all 302 events during the Summer Games and finding the 25 Armenians on your television or online stream could get nerve-wracking. So here is a full schedule of all the events Armenian athletes will be competing in during the Summer Games:

Track and Field:

Javelin Throw
Who: Melik Janoyan
When: August 8, 2012 at 11:05 AM PDT

Janoyan will be participating with over three dozens of other javelin throwers in the qualification round on August 8th. In order to qualify for the finals on August 11, he must rank among the top 12 in distance. Chances that Janoyan qualifies are unlikely as he finished 37th out of 38 in the 2008 Beijing Games, failing to reach the qualifying mark by over 15 meters.

Long Jump
Who: Vardan Pahlevanyan and Arsen Sargsyan
When: August 3, 2012 at 1:50 PM PDT

Two Armenians will be participating in the Long Jump competition. This is incredible considering that a grand total of zero Armenians participated in the 2008 Beijing Long Jump competition. In order for the duo to qualify for the finals on August 4, they must rank among the top 12 in distance.

Boxing:

Middleweight
Who: Andranik Hakobyan
When: July 28, 2012 at 2:15 PM PDT

Armenia’s lone boxer, Andranik Hakobyan will be going up against American Terrell Gausha in the first round of the middleweight tournament. There are 32 participants in the middleweight tournament. Each round is a knockout elimination. If Hakobyan advances, we will provide information regarding his next opponent and match date.

Gymnastics:

Artistic
Who: Artur Davtyan
When: July 28, 2012

Armenia has one gymnast in Artur Davtyan, and he’ll be competing in the Men’s Individual All-Around. He’ll also be participating in the Floor, Pommel Horse, Vault, Rings, Parallel Bars, and Horizontal Bars. July 28 is the qualifying round for all the aforementioned events. If he qualifies, we will provide information regarding time and date for the final events.

Judo

Men’s 60 kg
Who: Hovhannes Davtyan
When: July 28, 2012

Davtyan will be participating in the Men’s 60-kg Judo tournament. In the first round of 64, he’ll be combating against Tobias Englmaier of Germany. The tournament will be completed in a span of one day.

Men’s 66 kg
Who: Armen Nazaryan
When: July 29, 2012 at 1:30 AM PDT

Nazaryan will be participating in the Men’s 66-kg Judo tournament. He has a bye in the round of 64, but he’ll be competing against Raymond Ovinou of Papua New Guinea in the round of 32. Once again, this tournament will be completed in a span of one day.

Shooting:

10 m air pistol
Who: Norayr Bakhtamyan
When: July 28, 2012 at 2:00 AM PDT

Bakhtamyan will be competing in the Men’s 10 m air pistol competition. The event consists of a qualifier and a final. In order to advance to the final, Bakhtamyan must rank in the top eight out of all the shooters in the event.

Swimming:

Men’s 100 m freestyle
Who: Mikael Koloyan
When: July 31, 2012 at 2:00 AM PDT

Mikael Koloyan will try to improve his dismal performance during the 2008 Beijing Games when he finished 56th out of a total of 64 participants in the 100 m freestyle event. In order to qualify for that night’s semifinal, he must finish in the top 16 from all swimmers in the event.

Women’s 100 m backstroke
Who: Anahit Barseghyan
When: July 29, 2012 at 2:00 AM PDT

Anahit Barseghyan will participate in the women’s 100 m backstroke event. In order to qualify for the semifinals of the event, she must finish in the top 16. That’ll be a difficult and arduous task considering world-record holder Kirsty Coventry from Zimbabwe will be participating in the event as well.

Taekwondo:

Men’s 80 kg
Who: Arman Yeremyan
When: August 10, 2012 at 1:15 AM PDT

Armenian flagbearer Arman Yeremyan will be among 16 competitors in the Men’s 80-kg Taekwondo event. The event is still awhile away so his draw has not been determined yet. The entire single elimination knockout bracket will be settled on that day.

Weightlifting:

Armenia will have six athletes competing in six different events in Weightlifting. Armenia won three bronze medals in weightlifting in 2008, with Tigran G. Martirosyan winning one in the Men’s 69-kg event.

Men:
Arakel Mirzoyan – 69 kg, July 31, 2012 at 2:00 AM PDT
Tigran G. Martirosyan – 77 kg, August 1, 2012 at 4:30 AM PDT
Ara Khachatryan – 85 kg, August 3, 2012 at 2:00 AM PDT
Norayr Vardanyan – 94 kg, August 4, 2012 at 1:00 PM PDT

Women:
Meline Daluzyan – 69 kg, August 1, 2012 at 4:30 AM PDT
Hripsime Khurshudyan – 75+ kg, August 4, 2012 at 4:30 AM PDT

Wrestling

Wrestling is another discipline the Armenians have been highly successful in over the years. Two Armenian wrestlers brought home bronze medals in the 2008 games, one of them which was Yuri Patrikeyev, who will be competing in this year’s Greco-Roman event  in the 120-kg weight class.

Men’s freestyle:
Mihran Jaburyan – 55 kg, August 10, 2012
David Safaryan – 66 kg, August 12, 2012
Hajimurad Nurmagodemov – 84 kg, August 11, 2012

Men’s Greco-Roman:
Hovhannes Varderesyan – 66 kg, August 12, 2012
Arsen Julfalakyan – 74 kg, August 10, 2012
Artur Aleksanyan – 96 kg, August 12, 2012
Yuri Patrikeyev – 120 kg, August 11, 2012

All events are available live on NBCOlympics.com

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