Ruslan Zakharov dead aged 23: Russian speed skater dies after crash involving a truck in Khabarovsk

RUSLAN ZAKHAROV has died aged just 23 after a crash involving a truck while out on a morning run in Khabarovsk.

The Russian speed skater shot to prominence in his home country after earning a number of illustrious accolades as a prodigious up-and-comer.

These achievements included medalling at the Junior World Championships.

Following the tragic news, a statement from the Russian Skating Union, as per Inside the Games, read: "As a result of the tragic incident, the medallist of the Junior World Championships, the winner of the Junior World Cup in speed skating, multiple winner of the Russian Championship Ruslan Zakharov passed away.

"He was 23 years old.

"The Russian Skating Union expresses deep condolences to Ruslan's family, friends and relatives."

A further statement from the Khabarovsk police traffic department confirmed that the incident took place at around 6:10am.

It added: "The driver, while driving a Toyota Dyna, made a collision with a pedestrian who was moving in the same direction on the carriageway in the presence of sidewalk."

MKRU claim that Zakharov had been out on a morning run along a curb before being struck by a truck headed in the same direction.

Zakharov suffered a severe head injury and was immediately rushed to hospital for treatment.

He died in intensive care.

Zakharov twice earned bronze medals at the Skating Union Junior World Championships.

And he would add to that success by winning the 2017-18 men's 500m at the Junior Grand World Cup.

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