Yurik Vardanyan

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Yuri Norayrovich Vardanyan (Russian: Юрий Норайрович Варданян; Armenian: Յուրի Վարդանյան, also transliterated Yurik Vardanian, 13 June 1956 – 1 November 2018) was a Soviet-Armenian weightlifter.[1][2]

Vardanyan won a gold medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics, becoming the world's first weightlifter to win a 400 kilogram total in the 82.5 kg weight category. During his career he set several world records. He was born in Leninakan, Soviet Union (now Gyumri, Armenia).

In 1994 he was elected member of the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame.[3]

On 2 April 2009 he was appointed as President Serzh Sargsyan's adviser.[4][5]

Vardanyan in Yerevan, Armenia on 1 November 2018 from a pulmonary embolism at the age of 89.[6]

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  1. Great Russian Encyclopedia (2006), Moscow: Bol'shaya Rossiyskaya Enciklopediya Publisher, vol. 2, pp. 601–602.
  2. "Yuri Vardanyan". Sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  3. "Weightlifting Hall of Fame". International Weightlifting Federation. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  4. "Renowned weightlifter Yuri Vardanyan a Governor?". Naws.am. 23 July 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  5. "Yuri Vardanyan". Ethics Commission of Republic of Armenia. Archived from the original on 14 January 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  6. E' morto Carlo Giuffrè, grande attore di teatro e di cinema (in Italian)