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Vartan Militosyan (Armenia, USSR): Leningrad, 1979

History in Color:

July 29, 1979, Leningrad, Russia – Vice champion of the 1976 Olympics, 29-year-old middleweight Vartan Militosyan of Leninakan (Gyumri), Armenia competes for Team Armenia in the 75kg weight class at the 1979 USSR Spatakiade and 1979 USSR Championships in Leningrad.

Vartan Militosyan (1950-2015) was one of the best middleweight athletes in the World in the second half of the 1970s. His personal best total was 345kg (150+195) reached in the 75kg class in 1977.

He was an Olympian and won a silver medal in the 75kg class at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.

Militosyan was a 2x World vice champion (1976, 1978), 2x European Champion (1976, 1978), USSR Cup Winner (1977) and USSR Championships (1975, 1979) medalist in the middleweight.

In his career, Militosyan authored 4 world records in the 1970s.

In Leningrad in 1979, Militosyan won a silver medal with a 332.5kg (142+190) total. It was his last medal won at the USSR nationals.