British Swimming express sadness at death of Ruslan Panteleymonov

20 Sep 2022

It is with great sadness that British Swimming has learned of the death of Ruslan Panteleymonov.

All our thoughts and condolences are with Ruslan's family, friends and the British Diving community, in which he played an important role as the Lead Gymnastics Coach during his nine years with British Diving. 

Ruslan Panteleymonov

Ruslan worked with a host of British divers in the build-up to their record-breaking performance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, as well as well for last year's successful Games in Tokyo, on top of multiple World Championship and European Championship campaigns in which he was involved with a generation of athletes. 

Previous to that, Ruslan was a European gold-medal winning gymnast who was named as reserve for the London 2012 Olympics. 

Alexei Evangulov, British Swimming Head Coach for Diving, said: "I was introduced to Ruslan just after he retired from gymnastics and he joined British Diving, working across pure acrobatic skills and specific conditioning to diving with our team. His contribution to British Diving and our medals over the years cannot be overstated. It was great to work with Ruslan, and he will be greatly missed."

We will be working closely with staff and athletes who have been affected by this tragic news.