Armenia in Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing
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The history of independent Armenia has only seen one Olympic champion so far – wrestler Armen Nazaryan won Olympic gold in Atlanta, 1996. Overall Armenia has had 13 Olympic champions showing good results in wrestling, weightlifting, and athletics. Clearly the team sports are not one of our strengths.
In Beijing Armenia was represented by 25 athletes competing for medals in seven sports, including boxing, wrestling and weightlifting. The bronze medal winners were honored by a concert held on the Republic Square in Yerevan on August 26. The names of the 6 medalists are: Hrachik Javakhyan (boxing), Roman Amoyan (wrestling), Yuri Patrikeev (wrestling), Tigran Gevorg Martirosyan (weightlifting), Gevorg Davtyan (weightlifting), Tigran Vardan Martirosyan (weightlifting). Thus having got 6 medals Armenia with the population of nearly 3 million people counts the 2nd per capita after Slovenia and 3rd in medals per athletes participated.
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