Silver and Gold: Weightlifter Aleksanyan Grabs Gold for Armenia; Harutunyan and Karapetyan Win Silver


Weightlifter Andranik Karapetyan

Weightlifter Andranik Karapetyan

Gold medal winner Artur Aleksanyan

Gold medal winner Artur Aleksanyan

Wrestlers Artur Aleksanyan, left, and Mihran Harutyunyan

Wrestlers Artur Aleksanyan, left, and Mihran Harutyunyan

RIO DE JANEIRO — Armenia had a very, very good week in Rio, winning a gold and two silver medals.

Wrestler Artur Aleksanyan, who competed in the Greco-Roman 98-kilogram category, defeated his Cuban opponent, Yasmany Daniel Lugo Cabrera, to win gold, on Tuesday. To get to that match, he had defeated Turkish wrestler Cenk Ildem. With tears streaming down his face, he accepted the medal.

Greco-Roman wrestler Mihran Harutyunyan bested Davor Stefanek of Serbia in the final on Tuesday, winning silver. To get to that match, he had defeated Rasul Chunayev of Azerbaijan in the men’s Greco-Roman 66-kilogram semifinal.

Armenian weightlifter Simon Martirosyan had won a silver medal on August 15, thrilling Armenians around the world. Coming in first was Ruslan Nurudinov for Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan’s Alexandr Zaichikov won bronze.

The most disappointing event at the Olympics was the horrific injury which befell Andranik Karapetyan On Wednesday, Armenian weightlifter Andranik Karapetyan suffered a gruesome elbow injury, ending his chances for an Olympic medal in the 77kg weight class.

The Armenian Olympic committee had some good news about the injury over the weekend.

According to the country’s Olympic committee, Karapetyan suffered an elbow dislocation on the attempted 195-kilogram clean and jerk.