November 4th, 2018

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Remembering Yurik Vardanyan: World Records in 1981


We continue publishing selected Lift Up and History in Color series materials as a dedication and tribute to the legend of Yurik Vardanyan (06.13.1956 – 11.01.2018)




May 15, 1981, Novosibirsk, Russia – Yurik Vardanyan of Leninakan, Armenia competes in the 90kg weight class at the 1981 USSR Championship in Novosibirsk.


Vardanyan managed to win the national title and set three world records that night – 182.5kg (snatch), 224kg (cj) and 402.5kg (total).


Vardanyan moved up on his bodyweight and competed in the new for him middle heavyweight class. He happened to outlift the rising star of the Soviet weightlifting, 18-year old Yury Zakharevich of Dimitrovgrad and Gennady Bessonov of Shakhty.

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Remembering Yurik Vardanyan: Anniversary Posters


We continue publishing selected Lift Up and History in Color series materials as a dedication and tribute to the legend of Yurik Vardanyan (06.13.1956 – 11.01.2018)




Poster of Yurik Vardanyan in our collector’s edition for the fans of Olympic weightlifting.


This was the first batch of the posters I designed to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the 1st USSR championship held in March 1918.




 


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Remembering Yurik Vardanyan: Olympics in 1980


We continue publishing selected Lift Up and History in Color series materials as a dedication and tribute to the legend of Yurik Vardanyan (06.13.1956 – 11.01.2018)




July 26, 1980, Moscow, Russia – Outstanding Soviet light heavyweight Yurik Vardanyan of Gyumry, Armenia is preparing to clean 222.5 kg in the 82.5kg weight class at the 1980 Summer Olympics in the Izmaylovo Weightlifting Arena.


It was truly a starry night for Vardanyan.


There was no doubt that he was a brilliant athlete prior to the 1980 Summer Olympics. After his heroics in Moscow, his name was propelled to the status of the legends among legends in the history of sports.


Yurik Vardanyan became an Olympic champion with a phenomenal total of 400kg.


During that night in Moscow, Yurik set 5 world records – 177.5kg in snatch, 215.5kg and 222.5kg in clean-and-jerk, 392.5kg and 400kg in total!