Simon Martirosyan wins Armenia’s first medal at Rio Olympics

By The Armenian Weekly | Tuesday, 16 August 2016

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 has previously won a gold medal at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics and a bronze medal in the 2016 European Weightlifting Championships.

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.