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Russian wrestling champ Kudukhov killed in crash

Dec. 29, 2013 at 10:12 AM

MOSCOW, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Russian wrestler Besik Kudukhov, a two-time Olympic medalist, died Sunday in an auto accident, the Russian Wrestling Federation announced.

Kudukhov, 27, was killed when his vehicle collided with a truck on a highway near the southern Russian city of Armavir.

The wrestling federation's written statement did not provide any further details on the accident.

Kudukhov won a bronze medal in freestyle wrestling at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and a silver medal at the London games last year. He also won world championships in the event in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011, Russia's RIA Novosti news agency said.

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