Artur Aleksanyan wins Armenia's first Olympics gold medal in 20 years
Artur Aleksanyan won Armenia’s first gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after defeating Yasmany Daniel Lugo Cabrera of Cuba in the Greco-Roman Wrestling 98 kg final on August 16.
Aleksanyan, the two-time reigning world champion, won back-to-back matches by technical fall in the quarterfinals and semifinals. He beat Turkey’s Cenk İldem in the semifinals (9:0).
Earlier in the day, Armenia’s Migran Arutyunyan won Armenia’s second silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games, after falling to Davor Štefanek of Serbia in the Greco-Roman Wrestling 66 kg final.