Legendary Armenian Weightlifter Yuri Vardanyan Passes Away in U.S

Five-time champion of Europe, seven-time champion of the world, Olympic Games winner, renowned Armenia weightlifter Yuri Vardayan has passed away aged 62 in the U.S.

Yuri Vardanyan beat 5 records at a time at three occasions in his career, including the Olympics when he lifted the record 405kg.

In 2013, Vardanyan served as Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, later taking the position of Armenian Ambassador to Georgia. He was awarded a number of medals, including Order of the Red Banner of Labor ad Order of St. Mesrop Mashdots.

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