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Suren Nalbandyan

Suren Nalbandyan
Medal record
Competitor for  Soviet Union
Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling
Olympic Games
Gold 1976 Montreal 68 kg
European Championships
Bronze 1976 Leningrad 62 kg
Gold 1977 Bursa 68 kg

Suren Nalbandyan (Armenian: Սուրեն Նալբանդյան, born June 3, 1956 in Geghard, Armenian SSR) is a former Greco-Roman wrestler for the Soviet Union of Armenian descent. He is a five-time Soviet Champion, European Champion and Olympic Champion. He was awarded the Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR and USSR Badge of Honor titles in 1976.[1]


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Early life

Suren was born in the village of Geghard in the Abovyan region of the Armenian SSR. In 1964, his family moved to Astrakhan, where, in 1969, he began to compete in Greco-Roman wrestling under the leadership of Honored Coach of the RSFSR, Vladimir Fomin. He won the USSR Championship in 1972 and 1974 among youth.


In 1975, Nalbandyan won the USSR Championship as a senior and won a gold medal at the World Youth Championship. In 1976, he won the Championship of the Soviet Union again and became a member of the USSR national Greco-Roman wrestling team.

Nalbandyan won a bronze medal at the 1977 European Wrestlling Championships. Shortly afterward, he was chosen to participate at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Nalbandyan won an Olympic gold medal a gold medal. He became the first Armenian wrestler to become an Olympic Champion. The following year, he became the Champion of the USSR again and won a gold medal at the 1977 European Wrestlling Championships. He was a member of theSoviet team at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, but was unable to win a medal. He came in fourth place. Nalbandyan then completed his wrestling career.

Later, Nalbandyan began coaching. He developed a scientific approach to the general physical, power and speed training of young wrestlers.


  1. ^ Налбандян Сурен Рубенович (in Русский). Retrieved 26 January 2013. 

External links

  • Interview (in Russian)
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