LONDON (A.W.)—On Aug. 5, Armenia’s Arsen Julfalakian won silver in the 74 kg. category of Greco-Roman wrestling at the Olympics in London. Earlier that day, Hripsime Khurshudyan secured a bronze medal for Armenia in the women’s +75 kg. weightlifting competition.
In the semifinals, the Armenian wrestler defeated Emin Ahmadov of Azerbaijan, but lost to Roman Vlasov of Russia in the final.
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” (173 cm.) athlete weighs 196 lbs. (89 kg.). This is her first medal at an international competition.
Khurshudyan’s bronze made her the first athlete representing Armenia to win a medal at the London Olympics.