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Oleksandr Pielieshenko: Olympic weightlifter from Ukraine dies fighting in war with Russia

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Oleksandr Pieliechenko is competing at Rio 2016 for Ukraine.



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Weightlifter Oleksandr Pielieshenko, who represented Ukraine at the 2016 Rio Olympics, died while fighting in his country’s war with Russia, according to statements from the Ukrainian Olympic Committee and the Ukrainian Sports Federation. weightlifting published Monday.

“On May 5, Oleksandr Pieliechenko, honored master of sports of Ukraine, died in the war against the enemy; a participant in the 2016 Olympic Games, where he took 4th place and a two-time European champion in weightlifting,” the Ukrainian National Olympic Committee posted on social media.

“From the first days of the large-scale invasion, Oleksandr joined the ranks of the armed forces. Yesterday we learned the sad news of his death. The Olympic family extends its condolences to the athlete’s family, friends and loved ones. Luminous and eternal memory of the Hero! concludes the press release.

Pielieshenko, 30, is a two-time European gold medalist, winning the 85kg weight class at the 2016 and 2017 European Weightlifting Championships.

“We express our deepest condolences to the family and everyone who knew Oleksandr! » said the Ukrainian Weightlifting Federation in its press release on Monday.

CNN has contacted the Ukrainian Olympic Committee and the Ukrainian Weightlifting Federation for more information.

Ukrainian national weightlifting coach Viktor Slobodianiuk said in a post on social media: “War takes the best… Honored Master of Sports of Ukraine, two-time European champion and Olympic weightlifting competitor Oleksandr Pielieshenko died heroically defending Ukraine from invaders.

“I express my sincere condolences to Oleksandr’s family and loved ones! This is a very heavy loss for the entire Ukrainian weightlifting community. Heroes don’t die.

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