February 16th, 2019

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Athletes and Coaches: Israel and Vartan Militosyan


History in Color:

December 1984, Yerevan, Armenia – 16-year old winner of the 1984 USSR Cup in the featherweight, Israel Militosyan is being trained by his uncle and coach, Olympic vice champion Vartan Militosyan in the gym in Yerevan, Armenia.




Israel Militosyan (b. 1968) of Gyumri (Leninakan), Armenia is a 3x Olympian (1988, 1992, 1996), Olympic, World and European champion, 2x USSR national champion, USSR Spartakiade champion and author of 3 world records.


He is a historical figure on the timeline of the Soviet Olympic weightlifting. On September 18, 1989 in Athens, Greece, Israel Militosyan snatched 160kg and set a world record in the 67.5 weight class. It was the last world record set by the athletes of the USSR.


His uncle and coach, Vartan Militosyan (1950-2015) won a silver medal in the 75kg class at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. He was a 2x World vice champion, 2x European Champion, USSR Cup Winner and USSR Championships medalist in the middleweight. He authored 4 world records in the 1970s.

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Janos Benedek (Hungary)


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September 14, 1970, Columbus, OH, USA – 26-year old featherweight Janos Benedek of Team Hungary competes in the Olympic press program in the 60kg class at the 1970 World Championships in Columbus.


Janos Benedek (born in 1944) was a 2x Olympian and represented Hungary at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City (1968) and in Munich (1972). He took the 10th place at his first Olympics in 1962 and became a bronze medalist in 1972.


Benedek was one of the top featherweight contenders in the World from the late 1960s to mid 1970s. He was a 3x bronze medalist at the European Championships. At the World Championships, he held the World title, won a bronze medal and made it 5x  to the Top 5 in the world.