Mnatsakan Iskandaryan

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Mnatsakan Iskandaryan
Mnatsakan Iskandaryan 2012 Armenia stamp.jpg
Personal information
Born (1967-05-17) 17 May 1967 (age 55)
Gyumri, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
Height1.69 m (5 ft 6+12 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
ClubKSV Witten 07
Coached byKoryun Movsesian
Medal record
Men's Greco-Roman Wrestling
Representing Olympic flag.svg Unified Team
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona 74 kg
Representing  Soviet Union
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1990 Ostia 74 kg
Gold medal – first place 1991 Varna 74 kg
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 1989 Oulu 68 kg
Gold medal – first place 1991 Aschaffenburg 74 kg
Gold medal – first place 1992 Copenhagen 74 kg
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1988 Athens 68 kg
Representing  Russia
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1994 Tampere 74 kg

Mnatsakan Iskandaryan (Armenian: Մնացական Իսկանդարյան, Russian: Мнацакан Фрунзевич Искандарян, born 17 May 1967) is a former Armenian Greco-Roman wrestler who competed for the Soviet Union and Russia. Iskandaryan is an Olympic Champion, three-time World Champion, and two-time European Champion. He earned the rank Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR in 1991 and was named Honoured Coach of Russia in 2000. In 2012, Iskandaryan was inducted into the FILA Hall of Fame as the sole Greco-Roman inductee. He's the second Armenian to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, after Armen Nazaryan.[1]


Mnatsakan Iskandaryan started Greco-Roman wrestling in 1978 under the guidance of Koryun Movsesian. In 1987, he became an Espoir World Champion. Iskandaryan became a member of the USSR national Greco-Roman wrestling team in 1988. In that same year, he won a gold medal at the Wrestling World Cup team competition. Iskandaryan remained a member of the Soviet national team until the Union's fall in 1991. He won a silver medal in the 1989 European Wrestling Championships. In 1990, he moved to a heavier weight class, from lightweight (68 kg) to welterweight (74 kg), and won a 1990 World Wrestling Championships gold medal. In 1991, Iskandaryan became a European Champion and two-time consecutive World Champion. He repeated the European success by winning a 1992 European Championships gold medal for a consecutive second time. Ranked as the number one wrestler in his division for the past few years, Iskandaryan entered the 1992 Summer Olympics as the gold medal favorite.

Although Iskandaryan's home of Armenia was now independent, all of the former Soviet Olympians still competed together at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, under the Unified Team. Iskandaryan had single-handedly defeated all of his opposition, and thus claimed the Olympic gold medal and became an Olympic Champion.

Iskandaryan underwent over two years of inactivity following his Olympic victory. He finally returned, now serving under the Russian flag, at the 1994 World Wrestling Championships, where he claimed his third World Championship gold medal. Iskandaryan competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. He was unable to win a medal and came in fifth place. Iskandaryan retired from wrestling after the 1996 Olympics and started coaching. As of 1996, he is the head coach of the national Greco-Roman wrestling youth team of Russia. In 2012, Iskandaryan was inducted into the FILA Hall of Fame, the sole Greco-Roman inductee. He became the second Armenian to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, after Armen Nazaryan in 2007.[2]


  1. ^ "Lutte Gréco-Romaine". Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Mnatsakan Iskandaryan to be included in FILA Hall of Fame". Retrieved 7 January 2013.

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