Artur Aleksanyan named Armenia’s best athlete of 2016

By Asbarez | Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Artur Aleksanyan

Artur Aleksanyan

YEREVAN—Olympic champion Artur Aleksanyan on Tuesday was named Armenia’s ‘Best Athlete’ in 2016 for the third year in a row, according to a vote by the Republican Federation of Sports Journalists of Armenia.

Aleksanyan, a Greco-Roman wrestler born in Gyumri, has won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, is a two-time World Champion (2014, 2015), and a three-time European Champion (2012, 2013, 2014).

In 2016, the 25-year-old secured the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The journalists also named the top 10 athletes of 2016:

Artur Aleksanyan, Greco-Roman wrestling

Mihran Harutyunyan, Greco-Roman wrestling, Olympic silver in 2016

Simon Martirosyan, weightlifting, Olympic bronze in 2016

Gor Minasyan, weightlifting, Olympic bronze in 2016

Nazik Avdalyan, weightlifting

Harutyun Merdinyan, gymnastics

Andranik Karapetyan, weightlifting

Hripsime Khurshudyan, weightlifting

Varsham Beranyan, Greco-Roman wrestling

Artur Davtyan, gymnastics