Thursday, 14 August 2008

The real winner at the Olympics is... Armenia

This news made my day! Go Armenia! :)

BEIJING (Reuters) - With a population of 1.3 billion some might argue that China should be leading the medal tally at the Olympics but the real winner is ... Armenia.

The Los Angeles Times has compiled a tongue-in-cheek list of winning nations based on medals per capita and six days into the August 8-24 Games the former Soviet republic of Armenia, with population of nearly 3 million, leads with three bronze medals.

Georgia, with 4.6 million people, is in second place with two gold medals -- in men's judo and Greco-Roman wrestling -- and one bronze, while at home the nation is at loggerheads with Russia over the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia.

Australia, with a population of 20.5 million, is standing firmly in third place with 16 medals, including five gold medals, three of them won by rising star of the pool Stephanie Rice.

Switzerland, with 7.6 million people, won a cluster of cycling medals to ride into fourth place, with Roger Federer still in the hunt for the men's tennis title.

The alternative medal table by the Los Angeles Times had the Bahamas, with a population of 300,000, winning the medal count at both the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and the Athens Games in 2004.

*photo - Bronze medalist Gevorg Davtyan, of Armenia, acknowledges the applause of the crowd from the podium in the men's 77 kg of the weightlifting competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008.
(AP Photo/Andres Leighton)


artmika said...

Yeah! - today we got 4th bronze medal (will we see any silver or better - gold medals?). Still, it's good. UPI reports that Yuri Patrikeev of Armenia won bronze medal in the 120-kilogram class of Greco-Roman wrestling.

"It was the [...] fourth for Armenia, which had never won more than two medals in a single Games."

artmika said...

...and now we have 5 bronze medals!!! Tigran Martirosyan took a bronze in weightlifting today. Congrats!

artmika said...

...and it's 6 bronze medals in total. Hrachik Javakhyan won the last one in lightweight (60kg) boxing.