September 25, 2009

Killer of Olympic hero Nelyubin sentenced

The man convicted of killing Russian gold medal-winning Olympics cyclist Dmitry Nelyubin has been sentenced to 18 years in prison, court officials said.

ITAR-Tass said Friday Alim Azhagoyev was given the sentence in a city court in St. Petersburg, Russia, for the New Year's Day 2005 killing.

Nelyubin, 33, was fatally stabbed during a street fight that began after the 1988 Olympic champion, his common-law wife Natalia and a friend began setting off fireworks, authorities said.

Azhagoyev's brother, Edik, was convicted of attacking Nelyubin's friend during the incident and was sentenced to three years in prison.

The St. Petersburg City Court also ruled that Alim Azhoagoyev must pay $66,330 to Nelyubin's son and father, who were not identified.

Nelyubin earned a gold medal in team track cycling at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.