1 January 2014

Besik Kudukhov 1986-2013

The Olympic torch relay continues to meander its way across Russia ahead of the Sochi Games next month but one man who was scheduled to help it along its way will no longer be able to take his place in that long line of torch bearers.

On the 29th December it was announced that Besik Kudukhov who has been the silver medalists at 60kg in Wrestling during the 2012 London Games having won bronze four years earlier at 55kg had died in a car crash in Southern Russia. As well as his Olympic medals he had been world champion four time in 2007 at 55kg and from 2009-11 at 60kg.

During his run from 2009 to 2011 he was considered by many in the wrestling world as the best pound for pound wrestler in the world, but his defeat by Toghrul Asgarov or Azerbaijan ended that period of dominance and in the end denied him an Olympic gold to add to his honours.

As it is the 27 year-old Russian has become another sad statistic of those killed on the roads in Russia instead of looking for a third attempt to win the elusive Gold at Rio 2016.

Below is his last gold medal winning performance in the 2011 World Championships

Besik Serodinovich Kudukhov 15 August 1986 – 29 December 2013

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