RIP Mbulaeni Mulaudzi


Abubaker Kaki of Sudan and Mbulaeni Mulaudzi of South Africa compete in the men's 800m at the 2009 World Championships at Berlin.

Abubaker Kaki of Sudan and Mbulaeni Mulaudzi of South Africa compete in the men’s 800m at the 2009 World Championships at Berlin. (Photocredit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

A half miler world champion from South Africa met an untimely death last October 25.

Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, South Africa’s most successful 800m athlete of all time, succumbed to injuries sustained in a car crash near Johannesburg.

Mulaudzi, who was only 34 years old, was the 2009 World Champion at the 800m and the 2004 world indoor champion over the same distance.  He was also the 2004 Olympic silver medalist behind Russian Yuriy Borzakoveskiy peeping Wilson Kipketer at the line and  relegate him to bronze and the 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medalist.

He was the national record holder at 1,000m with 2:15.86   and holds the 2nd fastest South African 800m with a 1:42.86

He was 9 time South African national champion at the 800m (2001-2003, 2005-2009, 2012), and has run sub 1:45 for 10 consecutive years (2001-2010).  And has PBs of 46.3 at the 400m and 3:38.55 at the 1,500m.

He retired from competitions in 2013.

RIP world champion.

 

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