Kilingaridis was born in Saratov, Russia. He was eliminated in the heats of the C-1 500 m event while being disqualified in the C-1 1000 m event at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Four years later in Athens, Kilingaridis was eliminated in the semifinals of both the C-1 500 m and the C-1 1000 m events. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, he was eliminated in the semifinals of those same events. He died at the age of 37 while at a competition in Poland after falling into a coma brought on by leukaemia.
- Goddard, Emily. "Greece mourns death of Olympic canoeist Kiligaridis". Inside The Games. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
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