Russian cycling pioneer and three times national BMX champion Vladimir Levin, 41, was murdered by knife on 24 December in Saransk, 600km east of Moscow, according to a Cycling Federation of Russia press release.

Police investigators believe that on the night of 24 December Levin was involved in a fight with a 28 year-old male in Saransk after an altercation involving a woman, who was allegedly abused by her husband. During the fight, Levin was stabbed in the heart with a knife and died on the spot.

Police have detained Roman Chernov on suspicion of murdering the 41-year-old Russian multiple BMX champion. According to police, Chernov is not believed to be the husband of the women at the center of the incident and the murder investigation is on-going.

“Levin was the founder of BMX, stood at the origins of Russian BMX racing. In 2000, in Omsk, he took first place in the Russian championship. In addition, he won the Russian championships in 1997 and 1998,” according to RIA Novosti Sport.

Vladimir Levin is survived by his wife and a seven-year-old daughter

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