December 29 - Besik Kudukhov, the Russian freestyle wrestler who won Olympic silver at London 2012 and bronze at Beijing 2008, has been killed in a car crash at the age of 27.
The four-time world champion and 2007 European champion died when a heavy-duty vehicle collided with his car on the federal highway near Armavir as he was travelling from the city of Krasnodar.
"The Wrestling Federation of Russia, wrestlers and coach of Russia and the whole wrestling community extends condolences to the families and friends of the deceased," read a statement from the national governing body.
"We deeply mourn with you.
"The memory of Besik Kudukhov will remain forever in our hearts."
Kudukhov, who also held multiple national titles, was due to be one of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Torchbearers in Krasnodar on February 4, three days before the Opening Ceremony of the Games.
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