07:16  ,  August 4, 2021

Tokyo 2020: Arsen Harutyunyan's bad start

Freestyle wrestlers were the first to compete at the 32nd Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo today. Armenia’s first representative, Europe’s champion in 2019, bronze medalist of the 2020 European Wrestling Championships and vice-champion of the play-offs for the Individual World Wrestling Cup Arsen Harutyunyan (57 kg) began the competition in the 1/8 final during which he was defeated 1-6 by Mongolia’s representative, two-time bronze medalist of world championships, champion of the Asian Games Behbayar Erdenebat.

During the first stage, the referee on the carpet declared the score and gave Harutyunyan 30 seconds to get active, after which the Armenian wrestler pushed his rival off the carpet and scored 1 point. At the end, Mongolia’s athlete scored 2 points, advanced his rival and went to rest.

In the beginning of the second stage, Behbayar Erdenebat scored another two points, and later another two. Harutyunyan, 21, also received a warning and was defeated 1-6.

If Behbayar Erdenebati, scores a pass to the final, Harutyunyan will have the chance to compete for the bronze medal on Aug. 5.

In the quarter-final, the rival of Mongolia’s representative will be Iranian Riza Atrinagarchi, who defeated Turkish Suleyman Atli 3-2.

During the freestyle wrestling championship at Tokyo 2020, Armenia’s other representative, winner of the 2020 Individual World Wrestling Cup, champion of the 2019 Europe U-23 Vazgen Tevanyan (65 kg) will start competing on Aug. 6.

At Tokyo 2020, Harutyunyan was Armenia’s only representative today.

At this moment, Armenia’s Olympic team of 17 athletes has four medals. Greco-Roman wrestler Artur Aleksanyan (97 kg) and weightlifter Simon Martirosyan (109 kg) have taken silver medals, and Artur Davtyan won the bronze medal in the men’s vault. Boxer Hovhannes Bachkov (63 kg) made it to the semi-final and secured at least the bronze medal. On Aug. 6, Bachkov will compete with American Keyshawn Davis for a pass to the final.

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