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Mnatsakan Iskandaryan

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameMnatsakan•Iskandaryan
Used nameMnatsakan•Iskandaryan
Original nameՄնացական•Իսկանդարյան
Other namesMnatsakan Frunzevich Iskandaryan, Мнацакан Фрунзевич Искандарян
Born17 May 1967 in Gyumri (ARM)
Measurements169 cm / 75 kg
AffiliationsKSV Witten 07, Witten (GER)
NOC(s) Russian Federation Unified Team
Ethnic nationARM

Biography

Mnatsakan Iskandaryan took up wrestling in 1978 and made the Soviet national team in 1988, after winning Greco-Roman lightweight gold at the 1987 World Junior Championships. After winning the 1988 Greco-Roman lightweight World Cup and silver at the 1989 European Championships, Iskandaryan switched to the welterweight class and became the world’s best Greco-Roman welterweight wrestler at the start of the 1990s. As a welterweight, Iskandaryan won Olympic gold in 1992, was World Champion in 1990, 1991 and 1994 and European Champion in 1991 and 1992. Iskandaryan finished his sporting career after finishing in a disappointing fifth place at the 1996 Olympics and later worked as a wrestling coach, being the head coach of the Russian national Greco-Roman wrestling junior team. In 2012, he was elected to the FILA International Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1992 Summer Olympics Wrestling Welterweight, Greco-Roman, Men Olympic 1 Gold EUN Mnatsakan Iskandaryan
1996 Summer Olympics Wrestling Welterweight, Greco-Roman, Men Olympic 5 RUS Mnatsakan Iskandaryan