Boxer Hovhannes Bachkov Advances after beating Azerbaijani rival
Team Armenia’s Artur Davtyan won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games in the artistic gymnastics competition, scoring 14.733 at the men’s vault final, to win Armenia’s first medal in this year’s games.
South Korea’s Shin Jeahwah won the gold medal with 14.783 and Denis Abliazin of the Russian Olympic Committee won the silver medal with 14.783.
The 28-year-old told reporters that he was unhappy with his performance, but added that his bronze medal felt like winning the gold.
“Frankly, I’m not happy with my performance. My first jump was good, but I didn’t do my best in the second one. I was doing very good during the trainings. The problem was my unnecessary step during the second jump,” Davtyan told reporters after the competition.
“This bronze medal has the value of gold. This result is a golden result for us,” Davtyan added, saying he was proud to take the medal back home.
“Sadness aside, I have to say that the third place is better than nothing. But I could see that there was a chance for gold. I wanna thank our coaches, you the reporters that you were waiting. We broke the ice and showed that we can win a medal in the Olympic Games in this bad situation. The new generation must believe that it is possible to win an Olympic Medal,” said Davtyan.
In other Olympics news, Armenian boxer Hovhannes Bachkov advanced to the lightweight (63kg) quarterfinals at the Tokyo Olympics with an impressive 4:1 victory over Azerbaijan’s Javid Chalabiyev, days after defeating Alston Ryan of Antigua and Barbuda.
Bachkov’s next match is against Uzbekistan’s Elnur Abduraimov on Tuesday.