Armenia’s Olympic Athletes in London

On Tuesday the Armenian National Olympic Committee hosted a sendoff for Team Armenia

LONDON—Athletes representing Armenia in the Olympic Games arrived in London where they will be competing in a variety of sports, including boxing, weightlifting, wrestling judo, swimming, gymnastics, shooting, track & field and taekwondo.

The 25-person team includes four women, two of whom will compete in weightlifting and the other two in swimming and track each. On the men’s side, seven will compete in wrestling, six in weightlifting, four in track & field, two in swimming, two in judo and one each in boxing, taekwondo, gymnastics and shooting.

President Serzh Sarkisian also left for London Thursday to attend the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games, which will be held on Friday.

Prior to his departure, Sarkisian issued an encouraging statement to the athletes.

“Our compatriots in Armenia and the Diaspora will attentively follow your performances. I believe you will meet the expectations, and will join Olympic champions and prize winners from Armenia and find your place in the history book of Armenian athletics,” said Sarkisian in his statement.

“I am confident that you will represent our country with honor, embark on fair competition, fully demonstrate your skills, and protect the honor of Armenia’s athletic flag,” said Sarkisian, who added that he would like to become an “eyewitness of your victories to share with you the joy of triumph.”

Armenia took away six bronze medals in the 2008 Beijing Games. This time, too, they are looking to come back winners.

Boxer Andranik Hakobyan, told RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am) on Wednesday before leaving for London that he is in good form and aiming for an Olympic medal. “We are going [to London] with high expectations,” said Hakobyan. “We should try to do our utmost to return home with a medal.”

The youngest of the Olympic team members are 18-year-old swimmer Anahit Barseghyan and 19-year-old gymnast Artur Davtyan. Also on the team are wrestling champion Artur Aleksanyan, 20, who earlier this year won a gold medal at the European Wrestling Competition and weightlifter Norayr Vardanyan, 24. Vardanyan trained with his father, Yuri, who won a gold medal in the 1980 Moscow Games. The team also includes 2008 bronze medal winners 24-year-old Tigran Martirosyan (weightlifting and 32-year-old Yuri Patrikeyev (wrestling). Veteran Olympians Armen Nazarian, 30 (Judo), and Norayr Bakhtamyan, 41 (shooting) will compete in their third Olympic Games.

Chairman of Armenia’s National Olympic Committee Gagik Tsarukian, has pledged a $700,000 bonus to athletes for each gold medal. Meanwhile the government has said it would reward the equivalent of about $72,000, $48,000 and $24,000 to gold, silver and bronze medalists, respectively.

Aside from the 25 athletes competing in Team Armenia, an estimated seven athletes of Armenian descent will represent other countries.

Artur Ayvazyan, who won a gold medal in 2008, will again represent Ukraine in shooting competitions, while Misha Aloyan (boxing, 52 kg), David Ayrapetyan (boxing, 49 kg) and Arsen Galstyan (judo, 60 kg) will be competing for the Russian team. Vazgen Safaryants will represent Belarus (boxing, 60 kg). Tvin Moumjoghlian, 23 (table tennis) and Gretta Taslakian, 27 (track & field) will compete in the Lebanon team.

Below is the list of athletes (in alphabetical order) and the field of their competition.

Name                                        Age                                                         Competition

Artur Aleksanyan                  20                                                            Greco-Roman wrestling, 96 kg
Norayr Bakhtamyan             41                                                             Pistol and Air Pistol shooting
Anahit Barseghyan               18                                                              Swimming, 100 m backstroke
Meline Daluzyan                    24                                                             Women’s weightlifting, 69 kg
Artur Davtyan                        19                                                             Gymnastics
Hovhannes Davtyan            28                                                             Judo, 60 kg
Andranik Hakobyan            30                                                             Boxing, 75 kg
Kristine Harutyunyan         21                                                             Javelin throw
Mihran Jaburyan                  27                                                             Freestyle wrestling, 55 kg
Melik Janoyan                       27                                                             Javelin throw
Arsen Julfalakyan                25                                                             Greco-Roman wrestling, 74 kg
Ara Khachatryan                  29                                                             Weightlifting, 85 kg
Hripsime Khurshudyan      24                                                             Women’s weightlifting, 75 kg
Mikael Koloyan                      29                                                             Swimming, 100m freestyle

Tigran Martirosyan              24                                                             Weightlifting, 77 kg

Arakel Mirzoyan                   22                                                             Weightlifting, 69 kg

Armen Nazaryan                  30                                                              Judo, 66 kg

Gadzhimurad Nurmagomedov, 25                                                  Freestyle wrestling, 84 kg
Vardan Pahlevanyan          24                                                              Long jump
Yuri Patrikeyev                    32                                                              Greco-Roman wrestling, 120 kg
David Safaryan                      22                                                             Freestyle wrestling, 66 kg
Arsen Sargsyan                    27                                                              Long jump
Norayr Vardanyan              25                                                             Weightlifting, 94 kg
Hovhannes Varderesyan  23                                                             Greco-Roman wrestling, 66 kg
Arman Yeremyan               26                                                              Taekwondo, 80 kg

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14 Comments

  1. Lilit said:

    So proud of the 18 and the 19 year old on the list! Way to go guys!

  2. ohannes said:

    Good luck to all Armenian’s athletes Armenian’s all over the world
    watching you with pride you wine or loos we are proud of you
    God bless Armenian

  3. Stephen T. Dulgarian said:

    We wish our Armenian Athletes the best of luck in the competition at the London Olympic Games. It is good to see that 25 athletes are participating in these Olympic Games from Armenia.

  4. alen alayan said:

    There is also an armenian athlete from Uruguay who competes in swimming.
    Thankyou very much for the information, we are proud of our olympic team!!!!

    • cONCERN hYE said:

      Bulgaria…..Vazgen Safariantz lost because of the judges………typical treatment of Armenains by the rst of the world

  5. alen alayan said:

    There is also an armenian athlete from Uruguay who competes in swimming. His name is Gabriel Melconian.
    Thankyou very much for the information, we are proud of our olympic team!!!!

  6. Jack said:

    25-person team and just one person in the opening ceremony?? What is wrong with the Armenian team, did something happen?. I’m watching the opening ceremony, each country is announced with some info about them, then “Armenia” comes along and the announcer becomes silent. 3000+ year history not one comment? How about past Olympic win info?? Nothing. There is a lady walking with a stupid gown with pictures of the team, which was later commented. What happened??

    • cONCERN hYE said:

      When was the last time you spend a time to help an Armenian Athlete to prepare for the Olympics…….????? You spend the money in this country. Help the economy and this country and rest of the Capitalist step over us and no one speaks against this…This is not the first time that they leave the Armenians out………check Athens, Beijing. Atlanta Olympics…..This is a Jew run Country and our national parties are their puppets……………………As far as your expectations…..well first do something for the athletes then you will have a right to question their performance

  7. Fred said:

    Come on team Armenia. In the name of Mohamad, Lord Jesus and Lord Buda I wish you golden success in the London Olympics of 2012.

  8. danoog said:

    LOL Jack. First time in Bob Costas’ career he’s been at a loss for words.

    • cONCERN hYE said:

      I think he was disqualified…..or framed………………………..

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