NANJING, CHINA — Weightlifter Hakob Mkrtchyan (Armenia) captured first place in the Men’s 77kg competition at the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games which are held in Nanjing, China, winning Armenia’s first gold medal at the competition..
Mkrtchyan who earlier said he came to Nanjing to claim gold was true to his word. He admitted he was not intimidated by the India’s lifter attempt to outperform him. “I felt nothing at that moment. Strong competition just thrills me,” admitted Mkrtchyan.
This is Armenia’s second medal in the tournament, as shooter Hrachik Babayan had became Olympic silver medalist in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle competition.