- Independent Journalism From Today's Armenia
 April 25, 2003 

Sports Digest: Danielyan is runner-up among Greece lifters

Weightlifting (European Championships)

Two-time champion Danielyan finished second.

Three Armenian athletes competed in the European Weightlifting Championships in Loutraki, Greece from April 12 to 20. They were among 139 lifters from 32 countries.

The best performance among the Armenians was from two-time European Champion Ashot Danielyan. Competing in the 105-plus division, Danielyan finished second to Russia's Yevgeny Chigichev.

Both lifters managed 447.5 kilograms in the snatch and clean and jerk, but because Danielyan outweighs Chigichev, the Russian got the title.

Gevorg Alexanyan performing in 77 weight category took 5th place out of 11 weightlifters with a total of 340 kg. First place of that category was taken by Bulgarian weightlifter Georgi Markov with 367 kg.

Tigran Kamalyan was representing Armenia in 85 weight category. He managed to take only 14th place out 18 with the total result 340 kg, 42.5 kg less than Bulgarian winner Zlatan Vanev.

Team Armenia took 14th place in the Championships, with 178 points.

Football (FIFA Rankings)

According to FIFA rankings for April among 204 football nations Armenian national football team is holding 105th place with 421 points (first place Brazil has 849 points).

The mid-pack position is three places higher than when the team entered the season at 107th.

In March the Armenian team fell to 113th place, but jumped to its current rank with its victory over Northern Ireland.

Football (Premier League)

Two rounds of Armenian Premier League season have completed.

After a change of format of the league, the number of clubs was reduced. According to the new format there are eight clubs participating at the local championships. They are FC Pyunik, FC MIKA, FC Kotayk, FC Lernagorts, FC Shirak, FC Banants, FC Dinamo-2000 Yerevan and FC Araks Ararat.

FC Zvartnots AAL and newly promoted FC Armavir were not allowed to play in Premier League as they didn't pay membership fee. FC Ararat Yerevan was banned and disqualified by Armenian Football Federation.

Here are the current standings:

Clubs Played Win Draw Loss Goals Scored Goals Accepted Points Position
MIKA 2 2 0 0 5 1 6 1
Kotayk 2 2 0 0 3 0 6 2
Pyunik 2 1 1 0 2 0 4 3
Lernagorts 2 1 0 1 4 2 3 4
Shirak 2 1 0 1 1 2 3 5
Banants 2 0 1 1 0 2 1 6
Dinamo 2 0 0 2 0 2 0 7
Araks 2 0 0 2 1 7 0 8

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  Photo of the week
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Pain in Paint

Yesterday (April 24) members of Mihr youth organization gathered in a park near the State Conservatory where they used black (tragedy) and red (blood) paint to depict Mt. Ararat from its western side. On a white canvas they painted names of villages where Genocide took place.



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