Simon Martirosyan Wins Armenia’s First Medal at Rio Olympics

Martirosyan Wins Silver in Weightlifting (105 kg)

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (A.W.)—Simon Martirosyan (b. 1997) became Armenia’s first medal winner at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after winning a silver in men’s 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 at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics
Martirosyan at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics

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
Martirosyan after receiving his silver medal

A record number of 33 athletes are competing for Team Armenia in the 2016 Olympic Games; it is the most since 32 athletes participated in the 1996 games in Atlanta, Ga.—Armenia’s first post-independence Olympic Games.

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  1. We are very proud of the athletic accomplishments of all our Armenian brothers and sisters at the Rio Olympics. Thank you for all the hard work and sacrifices you made for Hyestan. God bless you with a safe return home.

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