Armenian Athletes Win Silver and Bronze at Olympics
LONDON—Armenia’s Arsen Julfalakian won silver in the 74kg category of Greco-Roman wrestling at the Olympics. Earlier today, Hripsime Khurshudyan secured a bronze medal for Armenia in the women’s +75kg weightlifting competition.
Julfalakian lost to Roman Vlasov of Russia in the final. In the semifinals, the Armenian wrestler had defeated Emin Ahmadov of Azerbaijan.
The son of Armenia’s national wrestling coach Levon Julfalakyan, Arsen was born in Gyumri in 1987.
The 5’6’’ (167 cm) wrestler was 10th in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
In 2010, he won the silver medal in the world championships held in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2011, he won bronze in the world championships held in Istanbul, Turkey.
In 2009, Julfalakian won the European championship in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Khurshudyan, in turn, was born in Kasakh in 1987. The 5’8” (173cm) athlete weighs 196 lbs (89 kg). This is her first medal at an international competition.
Her bronze made her the first athlete representing Armenia to win a medal at the London Olympics.
Asbarez will provide more coverage on this and other developments with the Olympics.