Romania’s Sandra Izbasa and Alin Moldoveanu, Olympic champions in London, are among the Balkans’ top 10 athletes in 2012. Sandra Izbasa, winner of the gold medal in the vault event and of the bronze medal in the team event, is 4th with 48 points, while Alin Moldoveanu, winner of the gold medal in the men’s 10-meter air rifle event, is 8th with 25 points in an investigation conducted by Bulgaria’s BTA press agency. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, who currently tops the ATP rankings, was designated the Balkans’ best athlete in 2012, receiving 94 points. Last year Djokovic won the Australian Open and reached the Roland Garros and US Open finals. He finished 4th at the Olympic Games where he was defeated by Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro in the game counting for the third place. Turkey’s Asli Cakir Alptekin, the surprising winner of the 1,500 meter event in London, was second with 75 points, while Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic, winner of the gold medal in the discus throw event in London, was third with 74 points. Croatia’s Miho Boskovic (water polo), Serbia’s Milica Mandic (taekwondo), Bulgaria’s Ivet Lalova (athletics), Montenegro’s Bojana Popovic (handball) and Greece’s Vassilis Spanoulis (basketball) were the other top athletes. The rankings were based on the votes cast by journalists from several press agencies in the Balkans.
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