Hrachya Petikyan

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Hrachya Petikyan
Hrachya Petikyan 2012 Armenia stamp.jpg
Personal information
Born (1960-02-23) 23 February 1960 (age 58)
Yerevan, Armenia
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Weight78 kg (172 lb)
SportSport shooting
ClubDynamo Yerevan

Hrachya Petikyan (Armenian: Հրաչյա Պետիկյան, born 23 February 1960) is an Armenian sports shooter and USSR, European, four-time World and Olympic Champion. Petikyan is a four-time Olympian who has represented three different nations: the Soviet Union, the Unified Team and the Republic of Armenia. He has been awarded the Honored Master of Sport of the USSR title.

Petikyan started shooting in the Yerevan dynamo sports club under the honored coach of Armenia, Martyn Kalechyan. For many years, Petikyan was a member of the USSR national team and a Champion of Europe and the World in individual and team competitions. He has also won many medals at ISSF world competitions that are now discontinued.

At the 1988 Summer Olympics, competing as a Soviet, Petikyan participated in the 10 metre air rifle and the 50 metre rifle, three positions. He notably came in sixth place in the latter.

Petikyan was entrusted with carrying the Armenian flag at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. He won the gold medal in the 50 metre rifle three positions and set the Olympic record at 1,267.4 in the finals. He also came in eighth place in the 50 metre rifle prone, meaning he had ranked in the top eight of every rifle competition at the Olympics.[1]

Petikyan now began representing his native Armenia. He competed for Armenia at the 1996 Summer Olympics and 2000 Summer Olympics, each in his specialty, the men's 50 metre rifle three positions. However, he was unable to qualify for the finals at either Olympics.

In 1997, he headed the Armenian Shooting Federation and junior sports school for shooting in Armenia. In 2007, Petikyan participated in the ceremony to light the fire for the IV Pan-Armenian Games.[2]


  1. ^ "Shooting at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games: Men's Small-Bore Rifle, Three Positions, 50 metres". Archived from the original on 13 November 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  2. ^ Панармянские игры: единение и спортивное торжество (in Russian). Retrieved 2 June 2011.

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