On March 15th, Mikhail Mukhodinov died following a race at the Central District Swimming Championship at the Olimp Sports Palace, commonly referred to as “Olympus.” Mukhodinov was just 17 years old, and would have turned 18 on May 6th.
Eyewitness reports state that he had just finished swimming the 200 breast, and just shortly after exiting the pool, he lost consciousness, collapsing on the ground. Several people rushed to help Mukhodinov immediately, including former World Record holder Nikolai Skvortsov, who was behind the blocks preparing for his own race. The first responders and emergency medical personnel who arrived on the scene shortly after did everything they could to save his life, but sadly he passed away at the scene.
Mukhodinov started making a name for himself in junior Russian swimming when he won the 100 breast at a junior national-level meet in 2014, breaking the meet record. Since then, he had continued to improve, and was on track to potentially make a Russian National Team in the future.
The cause of death is currently unknown, but has been narrowed down to either a heart attack, or bronchospasm. Mukhodinov’s coach told the media Mukhodinov passed a medical exam the day before the meet started, and his health was “excellent”. Be that as it may, the Russian Investigative Committee has opened a case into whether his death was caused by negligence. The investigation is ongoing.
As for the family and friends of Mukhodinov, they have said they remember him as a “reliable friend”, a “handsome, kind, and very bright man”, and a “promising swimmer”.