Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Young medallist dies in crash


A 22-year-old Russian gymnast was killed in a car crash just five days after winning bronze at the world championships in London.
Police said Yury Ryazanov was killed on Tuesday as he was driving on a highway heading to his home city of Vladimir, around 200km east of Moscow.
His car collided head on with another vehicle, a spokesperson for the Russian gymnastics federation said.
He died at the scene.
Ryazanov had just returned home from England where he finished third in the all-around competition to claim Russia's first medal in the top individual event in a decade.
The young man was one of Russia's most promising gymnasts, winning this year's national all-around title and finishing third at the European championships in Milan.
"This is very tragic news for Russian gymnastics," federation spokeswoman Natalia Kulagina said.
"He was one of our most talented young athletes who could have achieved many great things for our sport."
Russia's overloaded roads are treacherous, with around 30,000 people dying in road accidents in the country last year according to official figures.

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