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Yuri Sarkisyan

Full name: Yuri Sarkisyan
Other name(s): Յուրի Սարգսյան, Yurik Otelloyevich Sarkisyan, Йурик Отеллоевич Саркисян
Gender: Male
Height: 5-5.5 (167 cm)
Weight: 56-62 kg
Born: August 14, 1961 in Samaghar, Armavir, Armenia
Affiliations: Sevan Samaghar, Samaghar (ARM) / Hawthorn Weightlifting Club, Hawthorn (AUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union, AUS Australia
Sport: Weightlifting

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Yuri Sarkisyan from Armenia took up weightlifting at 13-years-old and soon rose to be one of the top bantamweight weightlifters in the Soviet Union. Sarkisyan was selected to the Soviet national team in 1979 and won silver at his first international tournament, the 1980 Olympic Games. As a bantamweight Sarkisyan won silver at the 1980 World Championships. After the Olympics Sarkisyan switched to featherweight and became the world's top featherweight in the early 1980s. Sarkisyan was World Champion in 1982 and 1983, taking silver in 1985, 1987 and 1991 and bronze in 1981 and 1993. Sarkisyan was European Champion in 1982 and 1983, winning silver in 1980, 1981, 1984-86 and 1991, and was also Soviet featherweight champion in 1983-84 and 1987, taking silver in 1982. He won the Soviet bantamweight cup in 1979 and featherweight cup in 1980. In 1979 and 1980 Sarkisyan set seven bantamweight world records, four in clean & jerk and three in total, and, between 1981 and 1984, set 10 featherweight world records, three in snatch, three in clean & jerk and four in total.

In 1993, while competing at the World Championships in Melbourne, Australia and representing his native Armenia, Sarkisyan was invited to stay in Australia by the Australian weightlifting officials and was later offered Australian citizenship. Representing his new country, Sarkisyan competed at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and won gold at the 2002 and silver at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. After finishing his sporting career Sarkisyan worked as a weightlifting coach in Australia, coaching his son David among others. In 2007 Sarkisyan was elected to the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Summer 18 Moskva Weightlifting Men's Bantamweight Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Weightlifting Men's Bantamweight Australia AUS 7
2000 Summer 39 Sydney Weightlifting Men's Featherweight Australia AUS 9

Men's Bantamweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1980 Summer 18 Moskva Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Final Standings 2 270.0
1980 Summer 18 Moskva Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch 5T 112.5
1980 Summer 18 Moskva Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch Lift #1 AC 112.5 x
1980 Summer 18 Moskva Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch Lift #2 AC 112.5 o
1980 Summer 18 Moskva Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch Lift #3 AC 117.5 x
1980 Summer 18 Moskva Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk 1 157.5
1980 Summer 18 Moskva Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 150.0 o
1980 Summer 18 Moskva Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 155.0 o
1980 Summer 18 Moskva Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 157.5 o
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Weightlifting Australia AUS Final Standings 7 280.0
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Weightlifting Australia AUS Snatch 10 125.0
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Weightlifting Australia AUS Snatch Lift #1 AC 125.0 o
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Weightlifting Australia AUS Snatch Lift #2 AC 130.0 x
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Weightlifting Australia AUS Snatch Lift #3 AC 130.0 x
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Weightlifting Australia AUS Clean & Jerk 7 155.0
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Weightlifting Australia AUS Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 155.0 o
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Weightlifting Australia AUS Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 160.0 x
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Weightlifting Australia AUS Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 160.0 x

Men's Featherweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
2000 Summer 39 Sydney Weightlifting Australia AUS Final Standings 9 290.0
2000 Summer 39 Sydney Weightlifting Australia AUS Snatch 12T 125.0
2000 Summer 39 Sydney Weightlifting Australia AUS Snatch Lift #1 AC 125.0 o
2000 Summer 39 Sydney Weightlifting Australia AUS Snatch Lift #2 AC 130.0 x
2000 Summer 39 Sydney Weightlifting Australia AUS Snatch Lift #3 AC 130.0 x
2000 Summer 39 Sydney Weightlifting Australia AUS Clean & Jerk 5T 165.0
2000 Summer 39 Sydney Weightlifting Australia AUS Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 160.0 o
2000 Summer 39 Sydney Weightlifting Australia AUS Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 165.0 o
2000 Summer 39 Sydney Weightlifting Australia AUS Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 167.5 x
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