06:24  +04,  August 16, 2016

Olympic silver medalist Simon Martirosyan: I dedicate my medal to Armenian nation

By Lusine Shahbazyan

Weightlifter Simon Martirosyan on Monday won Armenia’s first medal at the ongoing 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Martirosyan, 19, became a silver medalist in the Men’s 105 kg.

The Junior Olympic champion and record holder lifted a combined weight of 417 kg. The young Armenian athlete lifted 190 kg in the Snatch and 227 kg in the Clean & Jerk, and set a personal best.

And NEWS.am Sport caught up with Simon Martirosyan.

When asked what emotions he is filled with right now, he responded, in particular: “I can’t describe in words. I was ready to fight. Olympic medal was my dream. I had prepared for many years for this result. I won a silver medal.”

When asked what was going through his mind when he was standing on the Olympic podium, Martirosyan specifically said: “I was proud that I was able to win a medal for my nation.”

And when asked whom he dedicates this medal, he responded, in particular: “I dedicate this medal to my entire Armenian nation, to our people.”

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