YEREVAN—Armenian Olympic medal winners returned home to Armenia Wednesday night and upon arrival at Zvartnots International Airport they were greeted by throngs of relatives and sports enthusiasts who treated them like national heroes.
Silver medalist Arsen Julfalakyan and bronze medalists Hripsime Khurshudyan and Artur Aleksanyan were greeted by warm cheers and flowers, while some enthusiasts carried the athletes elevating them in victory
Julfalakyan won a silver in Men’s Greco-Roman 74kg and Artur Aleksanyan won the bronze in Men’s Greco –Roman 96kg, while Hripsime Khurshudyan brought home the bronze in women’s wrestling.
This year at the 2012 London Olympics, Armenia participated with 25 athletes in nine Olympic sports. In the Track and Field competition, Armenia was represented by four athletes, and Boxing, Gymnastics, Shooting, and Tae Kwon Do, each had one Armenian athlete. Judo and Swimming had two Armenian athletes while Weightlifting included six athletes.
Armenians competing for other countries also brought in medals. Arsen Galstyan representing Russia won that country’s first gold medal in the Men’s 60kg judo. Misha Aloyan and David Ayrapetyan won bronze medals in boxing, again for Russia. Coach Adam Krikorian led the United States women’s water polo team to its first ever Olympic gold medal.
Armenia ended the Olympics ranking 52nd among the 204 countries participating, finishing ahead of countries such as Belgium, Finland, Greece, and Portugal.