Aramnau, Andrei

NOC Belarus   
Born17 Apr 1988 in Borisov, URS
Height1.74 m
Human Interest
General Interest
Awards and honours In 2008 and 2019 he was named Best Sportsman of the Year in Belarus by a national media poll. He was also voted Best Male Weightlifter of Belarus in the same years. (Facebook profile, 31 Jan 2020;, 31 Dec 2019;, 25 Dec 2019)

He has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Belarus. (Athlete, 18 Aug 2020;, 01 Jan 2020)
He retired from competitive weightlifting in 2016, but returned in 2017 with the aim of competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. He even considered competing for a different country. "No one will just put me on the Olympic team. The Belarusian team has had some issues with doping so it [his comeback] might not be until 2019. Due to these reasons I am considering lifting for another country. If this were to happen I hope it will be sooner than later. I need to provide for my family." (, 20 Dec 2017)

He was born with six fingers on his hand. His sixth finger was removed when he was a teenager. "When I was born I had six fingers on my hand because of Chernobyl [nuclear accident]. My coach gave me an ultimatum - to train for the European championships I had to cut off the finger. At 14 years old I was very scared, but I went by myself to [hospital in] Minsk to cut it off." (, 20 Dec 2017)

Soon after winning gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, he was caught drink driving and received a suspension on his driving licence. He repeated the offence in 2009, and in addition to another driving ban he was also banned from sporting competitions for two years. This disrupted his training, and caused him to pull out of the 2011 World Championships due to a lack of adequate preparation. (, 17 May 2012)
Further Personal Information
Residence Borisov, BLR
General Interest
Injuries He suffered from a torn quad and herniated discs before retiring in 2016. He returned to the sport in 2017. (, 03 Apr 2019)

He suffered hip problems for two years after competing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (, 20 Dec 2017)
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? "At age 10 I started training. I was strong, but my technique was bad. I say that I know all the technical mistakes in weightlifting because I went through all of them myself. At age 14 I started training seriously. I was always the first to arrive and the last to leave. I was kicked out for staying too long. There was nothing to do at home. My friends had already started with alcohol and drugs, I wasn't interested in that. I came to train at 15:00 and left at 21:00. I almost never missed training."
Name of coach Mikhail Solodar [personal], BLR; Vladimir Borzdakov [personal], BLR
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up the sport at age eight. He happened to live in the same building as Soviet weightlifter Viktor Groda, who took him to a weightlifting gym. "I wanted to be strong and handsome like him. I never became as handsome."
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete, Coach
Languages Russian
Family Wife Olga, daughter Daria [2011], son Mark [2019]
General Interest
Hobbies Video blogging, fishing. (Athlete, 18 Aug 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in the 105kg category at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 18 Aug 2020)
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team Minsk Regional Complex Centre of Olympic Reserve: Belarus
Further Personal Information
Higher education Engineering - Belarusian National Technical University: Minsk, BLR
General Interest
Most influential person in career Soviet weightlifter Viktor Groda. (Athlete, 18 Aug 2020)

Major Results
Year Rank Event Venue
Olympic Games
2008 1 105kg   Beijing
World Championships
2019 2 109kg   Pattaya
2019 2 109kg - Snatch   Pattaya
2019 3 109kg - Clean & Jerk   Pattaya
2018 9 109kg   Ashgabat
2018 5 109kg - Snatch   Ashgabat
2018 16 109kg - Clean & Jerk   Ashgabat
2007 1 105kg   Chiang Mai
2007 1 105kg - Snatch   Chiang Mai
2007 2 105kg - Clean & Jerk   Chiang Mai
European Championships
2021 14 +109kg   Moscow
2021 13 +109kg - Snatch   Moscow
2021 14 +109kg - Clean & Jerk   Moscow
2019 2 109kg   Batumi
2019 3 109kg - Snatch   Batumi
2019 4 109kg - Clean & Jerk   Batumi
2014 3 105kg   Tel Aviv
2014 1 105kg - Snatch   Tel Aviv
2014 6 105kg - Clean & Jerk   Tel Aviv
2010   105kg   Minsk
2010   105kg - Snatch   Minsk
2010   105kg - Clean & Jerk   Minsk
European Junior & Under 23 Championships
2007 1 105kg   Puerto de la Cruz
2007 1 105kg - Snatch   Puerto de la Cruz
2007 1 105kg - Clean & Jerk   Puerto de la Cruz
2005 2 94kg   Trencín
2005 1 94kg - Snatch   Trencín
2005 2 94kg - Clean & Jerk   Trencín
European Youth Championships
2005 1 94kg   Sofia
2005 1 94kg - Snatch   Sofia
2005 1 94kg - Clean & Jerk   Sofia
2004 2 94kg   Stavanger
2004 1 94kg - Snatch   Stavanger
2004 2 94kg - Clean & Jerk   Stavanger