|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 and a silver medal in the 60 kg division at the 2012 London Games. On 29 August 2016, it was announced that Kudukhov tested positive for banned substances, leading to his silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics being stripped from him. However, the results are yet to be officially confirmed by the United World Wrestling (UWW) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
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. He lost control over his car and collided with an incoming truck.
On 29 August 2016, it was announced that Kudukhov was tested positive for banned substances leading to his silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics being stripped from him. The results however, are yet to be officially confirmed by the United World Wrestling (UWW) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Yogeshwar Dutt, the bronze medal winner has refused to take the silver medal and wishes for Kudukhov's family to retain it.
- Kudukhov, Besik Seradinovich (RUS). iat.uni-leipzig.de
- "Besik Kudukhov". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com.
- London Olympic Wrestling Finalist Kudukhov, 27, Dies in Car Crash, rsport.ru, 29 December 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "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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