Besik Kudukhov

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Besik Kudukhov
Medal record
Men's freestyle wrestling
Competitor for  Russia
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2012 London 60 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing 55 kg
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2006 Guangzhou 55 kg
Gold medal – first place 2007 Baku 55 kg
Gold medal – first place 2009 Herning 60 kg
Gold medal – first place 2010 Moscow 60 kg
Gold medal – first place 2011 Istanbul 60 kg
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2007 Sofia 55 kg

Besik Serodinovich Kudukhov (Russian: Бесик Серoдинович Кудухов; 15 August 1986 – 29 December 2013) was a Russian freestyle wrestler of Ossetian descent. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, he won bronze in his category (55 kg).

Kudukhov was born in Tskhilon, Georgia. 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.[1]


  1. ^ London Olympic Wrestling Finalist Kudukhov, 27, Dies in Car Crash,, 29 December 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2013.

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