A 16-year-old Russian swimming champion was brutally stabbed to death by her boyfriend moments after dumping him, police say.

Silver medalist Safia Askarova, 16, died after allegedly telling her partner she wanted to concentrate on her high-flying sporting career in a quest for Olympic glory.

Jilted boyfriend Nikita Malygin – also an elite swimmer but not so successful – is said to have brutally stabbed her at least 30 times to the neck, chest and abdomen in her home city of Tolyatti, detectives say.

A friend of the couple claimed that he was “jealous”, suspecting she had got close to a love rival.

In a chilling video of a snowy crime scene reconstruction, Malygin apparently confesses to murdering her, claiming she told him to “go to hell” when he pleaded to continue their relationship.

Demonstrating his frenzied knife attack on a manikin, he reportedly admitted to detectives: “I lost control. I took out my knife. I can hardly remember where exactly I stabbed her.

“I remember the stab after which she fell down.”

He said: “She tried to run away, but I kept stabbing her. I dropped the knife somewhere near. At first I didn’t realise what I had done… I realised only on the way home.”

Butterfly swimmer Safia was a runner-up in the 2017 all-Russian youth championships, and recently took part in the Reserves of Russia swimming tournament.

Source: Mirror