Mkhitar Manukyan

Mchitar Rasmikowitsch Manukyan ( born September 20, 1973 in Leninakan, Shirak Region, Soviet Union (now Gyumri, Armenia) ) is a wrestler who competed for the Soviet Union, Armenia and Kazakhstan. He was 1998 and 1999 World Featherweight Champion and won a bronze medal in the 2004 Lightweight, respectively in Greco- Roman style.


Mchitar Manukyan, Armenian descent, grew up in Leninakan and began in 1983 with his younger brother by one year Samvel Manukyan with the rings. He concentrated on the Greco- Roman style. His first important coach was Yuri Karapetyan. 1988, at the age of 15, he lost his parents and a sister who died in the earthquake in Armenia killed. With the help of his teammates, he was able to get through this difficult time.

1990 began his international career wrestler when he starting for the Soviet Union, in the weight class up to 50 kg Junior World Champion (Age Group Juniors) before Dariusz Jabłoński, Poland, and Iliuta Dascalaescu, Romania, was. In 1991 he repeated this success in Barcelona in the weight category to 58 kg.

After the political changes in the Soviet Union from 1993 he started for his home country of Armenia. He took in diesam year at the European Championships held in Istanbul and missed featherweight with a 4th place behind Sergei Martynov, Russia, Jeno Bodi, Hungary, and Georgi Saskawez, Belarus, less than a medal rank. At the Junior World Cup 1993 ( age group espoir ) in Athens, he came at featherweight behind Yuri Solomatin, Russia, and Plamen Tschoukanow, Bulgaria, on the 3rd place.

1994 was not a good year for Mchitar Manukyan, because he finished this year at the European Championships in Athens on the 13th and at the World Championships in Tampere even just the 16th Place. Slightly better designed for him then the result of the European Championship in 1995 in Besancon. He arrived there in the spring weight on the 8th Place. At the World Championships in Prague in 1995, he had then overcome his crisis of form, because he fought in the featherweight behind Sergei Martynov and Wlodzimierz Zawadzki, Poland, the bronze medal. This was the first international medal he won in the seniors.

A bronze medal he won at the 1996 European Championships in Budapest. Before him only Sergei Martynov and Grigori Kamuschenko from Ukraine placed. His dream of an Olympic medal was not fulfilled at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He arrived there in the spring weight to a victory over Hu Guohong, China, then lost against Grigori Kamuschenko, won against Usama Aziz, Sweden, and Choi Sang -pil, South Korea. Another defeat against Mehmet Akif Pirim, the right just failed with 4:6 points, but finally threw him out of the fight for the medals. With a bloodless victory over Sergei Martynov he could come only on the 7th Place.

After the 1996 Olympics received Mchitar Manukjan of Daulet Turlychanow, the Kazakh wrestler boss, an offer to switch to Kazakhstan. For economic reasons, he accepted the offer and started since 1997 for Kazakhstan. In 1997 he was for this country identically Asia featherweight champion before Yasutoshi Motoki, Japan, and Park Sin -young, South Korea. At the World Championships in 1997 in Wroclaw he delivered featherweight again good fights. He lost there but featherweight equal to his first fight against Nikolai Monow from Russia, but then came to victories over Martin Kolar, Slovakia, David S. Zuniga, United States, Yuri Mirutenko, Belarus, Matyas Megyes Hungary, and Akaki Chachua, Georgia. In the fight for a place in the final he was defeated by the Olympic champion from 1996, Wlodzimierz Zawadzki, just with 2:3 points. With a win over Juan Luis Maren Delis from Kube he fought his way after that the 5th Place.

1998 drove Mchitar Manukjan well prepared for the World Cup after Gaevle / Sweden. This paid off, because he was there with wins over Bachodir Kurbanov, Uzbekistan, Kevin Bracken, United States, Choi Sang -sun, South Korea, and Şeref Eroğlu, Turkey, whom he defeated in the final by 3-0 points, the new world champion. After he was in May 1999 in Tashkent, Asia featherweight champion before Bachodir Kurbanov and Lee Tae -ho, South Korea has become, he repeated in September 1999 at the World Championships in Athens, his triumph of 1998. Purpose he needed victory over Tai Chien- Chou, Taiwan, Raynard Mouton, South Africa, Wlodzimierz Zawandzki, Grigori Kamuschenko, Bachodir Kurbanov and in the final again Seref Eroglu (4-0 win).

In the aftermath Mchitar Manukyan was repeatedly plagued by serious injuries that made ​​a specific preparation for the championships calculated in the Olympic year 2000, almost impossible. This was seen even at the Asian Championship 2000 in Seoul noticeable, where he, China, featherweight came only to 4th place behind Bachodir Kurbanov, Lee Tae- ho and Yi Shanjan. At the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000, he first came to a victory over Yassine Djakrir, Algeria, but then lost to Juan Luis Maren Delis and could then fight only the 7th place with a win over Gurbinder Singh from India. That was for him than two times world champion of course a disappointment.

In 2001 he had to then undergo due to his injuries several operations. Then he came at first difficult to get back into shape. This also showed the results of 2002 and 2003. During these years he was able to win any medals at the international championships. On top of that he could not bring the weight for the featherweight and had to start in a light weight ranging between 2002 and 66 kg body weight.

After a disappointing 24th place finish at the 2003 World Cup in Creteil succeeded Mchitar Manukjan but then still so good to get in shape, that he, at the Olympic Games in Athens in lightweight in his third start with wins over Jannis Zamanduridis, Germany against his victory with 3:2 points relatively scarce turned out Arkoudeas Konstantinos, Greece, and Oscar Wood, United States, a defeat against Seref Eroglu and a victory over Jimmy Samuelsson, Sweden, which he clearly struck with 8:1 points, finally an Olympic medal, which was bronze, fight.

Then he ended his active career Ringer. After he had finished a sports studies, in 2005 he was coach of the Kazakh Ringer national Greco- Roman style.

International success


  • All competitions in the Greco-Roman style
  • OS = The Olympic Games, World Cup WM = EM = Championship
  • Featherweight until 1996-62 kg 1997-2001 63 kg,
  • Lightweight from 1997 to 2001-69 kg since 2002-66 kg body weight


  • Journal The Ringer
  • Website " Foeldeak wrestling Database "