Here are the results of the 87th annual AYF Olympics that were held in Providence, RI over Labor Day weekend. The Greater Boston “Nejdeh” Chapter defended their 2019 title in a tie with the host chapter, the Providence Varantians.
Look for extensive AYF Olympic coverage by longtime contributors Harry Derderian, Mark Gavoor, Bob Tutunjian and others in the AYF Olympics Special Issue, slated for publication in the Armenian Weekly on September 25.
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Final Chapter Standings
|12||North Valley (West)||5|
|14||San Francisco (West)||3|
Most Improved: North Andover
Softball Winner: Detroit
|High Scorers||Chapter||Event 1||Event 2||Event 3|
|Natalia Oganesian||Providence||50 m. Freestyle||25 m. Butterfly||25 m. Freestyle|
||Detroit||50 m. Dash||100 m. Dash||200 m. Dash|
||Detroit||Shot Put||Discus||High Jump|
|David Barsamian||New Jersey||800 m. Run||1600 m. Dash||3200 m. Run|
|Nareg Minasian||Greater Boston||50 m. Butterfly||100 m. Freestyle||50 m. Freestyle|
Women’s Pentathlon Winner: Anoush Krafian (Greater Boston), 3036 points
Men’s Pentathlon Winner: Sasoun Tcholakian (Detroit), 2557 points
|Alex Kassabian||New York||Golf||69||(Old record 71 set 1999 by Haig Altoonian, PROV)|
|Swimming Relay||Greater Boston||200 yd.||1:56.95*||(Old record 1:58.10 set 2019 by Detroit Chapter)|
Note (*) time converted from meters to yards
Ernest Nahigian Sportsmanship Award: Nareg Mkrtschjan (Providence)
Editor’s/Author’s Note, September 10, 2021: We have edited this article to reflect the correct chapter that received the title of Most Improved: North Andover “Sassoun.” We apologize for the error.
Author’s Note, September 13, 2021: The summary results have been revised to add one point to the Philadelphia total and deduct one from Detroit. The men’s high jump was entered as a tie for first place at the field when it was actually won by Anto Keshgegian from Philadelphia.