Armenia’s legendary weightlifter Yuri Vardanyan has died today at the age of 62, the Ministry of Sports and Youth informs.
The cause of death wasn’t immediately clear.
Vardanyan won a gold medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics, becoming the world's first weightlifter to achieve a 400 kilogram total in the 82.5 kg weight category.
During his career he set several world records. He earned the title Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR in 1977 and was awarded the Order of Lenin in 1985. In 1994 he was elected member of the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame.
In 2009 Vardanyan he was appointed advisert o Armenian president and was appointed Minister of Sports in May 2013.
Later he served as Armenia's ambassador to Georgia.