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Armenia at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Armenia competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's sixth consecutive appearance at the Summer Olympics in the post-Soviet era.

Armenia at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Armenia.svg
IOC code ARM
NOC National Olympic Committee of Armenia
Website www.armnoc.am (in Armenian)
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 32 in 8 sports
Flag bearer Vahan Mkhitaryan[1]
Medals
Ranked 42nd
Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 3 0 4
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Russian Empire (1900–1912)
 Soviet Union (1952–1988)
 Unified Team (1992)

The National Olympic Committee of Armenia fielded a team of 32 athletes, 24 men and 8 women, across eight different sports at the Games.[2][3] It was the nation's largest ever team sent to the Olympics, tying the record with the amount of athletes achieved in Atlanta two decades earlier. The Armenian roster also highlighted its first ever female artistic gymnast, as well as the most female participation in its Olympic history.

Of the 32 participants, five of them competed at London 2012, including Greco-Roman wrestlers Arsen Julfalakyan (74 kg), who succeeded his father and head coach Levon to stand on the podium by taking the silver medal, and Artur Aleksanyan, who won a bronze in the heavyweight category, and later emerged himself as the reigning world champion twice (2013 and 2015). Other notable Armenian athletes featured American-born gymnast Houry Gebeshian, rifle shooter and 2014 Youth Olympic medalist Hrachik Babayan, and freestyle swimmer Vahan Mkhitaryan, who was selected by the committee to lead his delegation as the flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1][4]

Armenia left Rio de Janeiro with four medals (one gold and three silver), being considered its most successful Olympics since 1996.[5] Among the nation's medalists were weightlifters Simon Martirosyan and Gor Minasyan, who each obtained silver in their respective weight categories, and Aleksanyan, who made history as Armenia's first ever Olympic champion after two decades, adding a gold to his career treasury of two world and three European titles.[6][7]

Contents

MedalistsEdit

Medal Name Sport Event Date
  Gold Aleksanyan, ArturArtur Aleksanyan Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman 98 kg 16 August
  Silver Martirosyan, SimonSimon Martirosyan Weightlifting Men's 105 kg 15 August
  Silver Arutyunyan, MigranMigran Arutyunyan Wrestling Men's Greco-Roman 66 kg 16 August
  Silver Minasyan, GorGor Minasyan Weightlifting Men's +105 kg 16 August

CompetitorsEdit

Sport Men Women Total
Athletics 1 4 5
Boxing 5 0 5
Gymnastics 2 1 3
Judo 1 0 1
Shooting 1 0 1
Swimming 1 1 2
Weightlifting 5 2 7
Wrestling 8 0 8
Total 24 8 32

AthleticsEdit

Armenian athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[8][9]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Men
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Levon Aghasyan Triple jump 15.54 36 Did not advance
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Gayane Chiloyan 200 m 25.03 8 Did not advance
Diana Khubeseryan 25.16 7 Did not advance
Lilit Harutyunyan 400 m hurdles 1:03.13 7 Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Amaliya Sharoyan Long jump 5.95 18 Did not advance

BoxingEdit

Armenia has entered five boxers to compete in each of the following weight classes into the Olympic boxing tournament. Artur Hovhannisyan, Narek Abgaryan, Aram Avagyan, and Vladimir Margaryan had claimed their Olympic spots at the 2016 European Qualification Tournament in Samsun, Turkey.[10] Meanwhile, light welterweight boxer Hovhannes Bachkov secured an additional place on the Armenian roster with his semifinal triumph at the 2016 APB and WSB Olympic Qualifier in Vargas, Venezuela.[11]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Artur Hovhannisyan Men's light flyweight   Carmona (ESP)
L 0–3
Did not advance
Narek Abgaryan Men's flyweight   Serugo (UGA)
W 2–1
  Hu Jg (CHN)
L 0–3
Did not advance
Aram Avagyan Men's bantamweight   Morisaka (JPN)
W 2–1
  Conlan (IRL)
L 0–3
Did not advance
Hovhannes Bachkov Men's light welterweight   Arcón (VEN)
W 2–1
  Hu Qx (CHN)
L 1–2
Did not advance
Vladimir Margaryan Men's welterweight   Hill (FIJ)
W 3–0
  Iglesias (CUB)
L TKO
Did not advance

GymnasticsEdit

ArtisticEdit

Armenia has entered three artistic gymnasts into the Olympic competition, including a first female Armenian gymnast. Harutyun Merdinyan had claimed his Olympic spot in the men's apparatus and all-around events at the 2015 World Championships, while two-time Olympian Artur Davtyan performed the same feat, as well as Houry Gebeshian in the women's at the Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro.[12][13]

Men
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
F PH R V PB HB F PH R V PB HB
Artur Davtyan Vault N/A 14.566 N/A 14.566 11 Did not advance
Harutyun Merdinyan Pommel horse N/A 15.583 N/A 15.583 4 Q N/A 14.933 N/A 14.933 7
Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
V UB BB F V UB BB F
Houry Gebeshian All-around 14.016 13.666 13.266 12.900 53.848 38 Did not advance

JudoEdit

Armenia has qualified one judoka for the men's extra-lightweight category (60 kg) at the Games. London 2012 Olympian Hovhannes Davtyan was ranked among the top 22 eligible judokas for men in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.[14]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Hovhannes Davtyan Men's −60 kg Bye   Paischer (AUT)
W 100–000
  Mudranov (RUS)
L 000–001
Did not advance

ShootingEdit

Armenia has received an invitation from ISSF to send 2014 Youth Olympic silver medalist Hrachik Babayan in the men's rifle events to the Olympics, as long as the minimum qualifying score (MQS) was met by March 31, 2016.[15]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Points Rank Points Rank
Hrachik Babayan Men's 10 m air rifle 621.5 24 Did not advance

Qualification Legend: Q = Qualify for the next round; q = Qualify for the bronze medal (shotgun)

SwimmingEdit

Armenia has received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[16][17][18]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Vahan Mkhitaryan Men's 50 m freestyle 23.50 47 Did not advance
Monika Vasilyan Women's 50 m freestyle DNS Did not advance

WeightliftingEdit

Armenian weightlifters have qualified five men's and two women's quota places for the Rio Olympics based on their combined team standing by points at the 2014 and 2015 IWF World Championships. The team must allocate these places to individual athletes by June 20, 2016.[19]

Men
Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Andranik Karapetyan −77 kg 174 2 195 DNF 174 DNF
Arakel Mirzoyan −85 kg 158 =10 158 DNF
Simon Martirosyan −105 kg 190 =4 227 2 417  
Ruben Aleksanyan +105 kg 195 =4 245 2 440 4
Gor Minasyan 210 2 241 =4 451  
Women
Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Nazik Avdalyan −69 kg 107 5 135 5 242 5
Sona Poghosyan −75 kg 97 11 126 10 223 10

WrestlingEdit

Armenia has qualified a total of eight wrestlers for each of the following weight classes into the Olympic competition. Three of them finished among the top six to book Olympic spots each in the men's freestyle 125 kg and men's Greco-Roman (66 & 98 kg) at the 2015 World Championships, while two additional licenses were awarded to Armenian wrestlers, who progressed to the top two finals in men's freestyle 57 kg at the 2016 European Qualification Tournament.[20][21]

Three further wrestlers had claimed the remaining Olympic slots to round out the Armenian roster at the initial meet of the World Qualification Tournament in Ulaanbaatar.[22]

On May 11, 2016, United World Wrestling awarded an additional Olympic license to Armenia in men's freestyle 65 kg, as a response to the doping violations for both the Polish and Ukrainian wrestler at the European Qualification Tournament.[23]

Key:

  • VT – Victory by Fall.
  • PP – Decision by Points – the loser with technical points.
  • PO – Decision by Points – the loser without technical points.
  • ST – Technical superiority – the loser without technical points and a margin of victory of at least 8 (Greco-Roman) or 10 (freestyle) points.
Men's freestyle
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Garnik Mnatsakanyan −57 kg Bye   Rahimi (IRI)
L 0–4 ST
Did not advance 20
David Safaryan −65 kg Bye   Chamizo (ITA)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 18
Georgy Ketoyev −97 kg Bye   Odikadze (GEO)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 14
Levan Berianidze −125 kg Bye   Deng Zw (CHN)
W 3–1 PP
  Ligeti (HUN)
W 3–1 PP
  Akgül (TUR)
L 1–3 PP
Bye   Saidau (BLR)
L 1–3 PP
5
Men's Greco-Roman
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Migran Arutyunyan −66 kg Bye   Saleh (EGY)
W 4–0 ST
  Ryu H-s (KOR)
W 3–1 PP
  Chunayev (AZE)
W 3–1 PP
Bye   Štefanek (SRB)
L 1–3 PP
 
Arsen Julfalakyan −75 kg   Aleksandrov (BUL)
L 1–3 PP
Did not advance 13
Maksim Manukyan −85 kg   V Lőrincz (HUN)
L 0–3 PO
Did not advance 16
Artur Aleksanyan −98 kg Bye   Timoncini (ITA)
W 3–1 PP
  Alexuc-Ciurariu (ROU)
W 4–0 ST
  İldem (TUR)
W 4–0 ST
Bye   Lugo (CUB)
W 3–0 PO
 

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