Russia: Powerlifting world champion dies after street fight in Khabarovsk

The World and European Champion in powerlifting in the category up to 120 kilograms, Andrey Drachev, was killed in a fight in Khabarovsk on Sunday morning. Representative of the Strongmen Association of Russia Alexander Sadkov paid tribute to his former colleague, saying «A phenomenal man passed away; there are very few people like him.» Sadkov added that «this is unprecedented, because today... Еще the city of Khabarovsk lost not only a resident from Khabarovsk, today it lost one of the few people who brought fame to our city on the world stage.» According to police, Drachev had a fight with a man near the cafe «Gallery» in the centre of Khabarovsk at around 07:00 local time on Sunday (21:00 GMT on Saturday), in which he received several hard hits to the head, after which he later died in hospital. Drachev’s offender reportedly managed to flee from the scene, but according to local media he has been identified.

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