|Birth name||Besik Serodinovich Kudukhov|
15 August 1986|
Tskhilon, South Ossetia
|Died||29 December 2013
Krasnodar Krai, Russia
|Height||164 cm (5 ft 5 in)|
|Coached by||Valentin Gozoev
Besik Serodinovich Kudukhov (Russian: Бесик Серoдинович Кудухов; 15 August 1986 – 29 December 2013) was a Russian freestyle wrestler of Ossetian descent. He won a bronze medal in the 55 kg category at the 2008 Olympics. He originally also won a silver medal in the 60 kg division at the 2012 London Games, but on the 6 April, 2017 International Olympic Committee deprived him of the medal due to doping.
Kudukhov took up wrestling in 1995 and was selected for the Russian national team in 2005. He was an Olympic finalist in 2012 and was considered one of the most dominant wrestlers in modern wrestling history. He was a world champion four times across two weight classes winning every world championship he competed in from 2007 to 2011. He was a finalist in the 2006 World Championships in Guangzhou, China at the age of 20. He was also a European Champion in 2007.
Kudukhov died on 29 December 2013 in a car crash on a federal highway in southern Russia between Krasnodar Krai and Vladikavkaz after he lost control of his car and collided with an oncoming truck.
On 29 August 2016, a report indicated that a retested sample for Kudukhov taken at the time of the 2012 Olympic 60 kg freestyle wrestling event had returned a positive result (later disclosed as dehydrochlormethyltestosterone).
On 27 October 2016, the IOC stated that the fact that Kudukhov had died was not known at the time the decision to include his samples in the re-analysis process was made. The IOC promptly dropped all disciplinary proceedings, stating that such proceedings cannot be conducted against a deceased person. As a result, Olympic results that would have been reviewed will remain uncorrected as the proceedings cannot move forward.
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- London Olympic Wrestling Finalist Kudukhov, 27, Dies in Car Crash, rsport.ru, 29 December 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "Wrestling Legends Besik Kudukhov & Artur Taymazov Stripped Of Olympic Medals". FloWrestling.Org. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
- "IOC DISCIPLINARY COMMISSION DECISION REGARDING BESIK KUDUKHOV" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. 27 Oct 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-27.
- "Yogeshwar Dutt says no to London silver medal, wants Besik Kudukhov's family to keep it". 31 August 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2016.
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