Olympic champion Artur Aleksanyan was named the best athlete of Armenia in 2016, according to a vote by sports journalists, summarized on Tuesday, December 20.
A Greco-Roman wrestler, Aleksanyan (98kg) won bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He then entered his second Olympic competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro to secure the gold.
Also included in the top 10 are wrestler Migran Arutyunyan (Olympic silver in 2016), weightlifter Simon Martirosyan (Olympic silver in 2016), weightlifter Gor Minasyan (Olympic silver in 2016), as well as Nazik Avdalyan (weightlifting), Harutyun Merdinyan (gymnastics), Andranik Karapetyan (weightlifting), Hripsime Khurshudyan (weightlifting), Varsham Boranyan (wrestling) and Artur Davtyan (gymnastics).
35 sports journalists participated in the vote.
(The story has been corrected to show that both Gor Minasyan andSimon Martirosyan won silver medals at Rio Olympics.)