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 December 20, 2002 

Sports Digest: Best Armenian sportsman of 2002

Sportsman of the YearWrestler Aram Margaryan has been named Sportsman of the Year by Armenian sports reporters.

Margaryan, from Yerevan, was given the honor mainly for his performance in the 36th Senior World Free Style Wrestling Championship, September in Tehran.

Margaryan, who wrestles in the 60-kilogram weight division, came away from the championship with a Silver medal. But Turkish wrestler Harun Dogan, who defeated Margaryan, was subsequently disqualified when tests found a banned substance in Dogan's system. The Gold then went to Margaryan.

Two chess players took second and third places in the polls for the best Armenian sportsman: Vladimir Hakobyan (ranked 20th in FIDE) and Smbat Lputyan (ranked 56th in FIDE), both from Yerevan.

Both players contributed to Armenia's third-place finish in the 35th Chess Olympiad last month in Bled, Slovenia.

Fourth place in the voting went to chess player Lilit Mkrtchyan, who competed for the Armenian women's team in Bled and is ranked No. 40 in the world.


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