Mbulaeni Mulaudzi killed in car accident

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South Africa's Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (right) on his way to victory in the Men's 800m during the IAAF World Championships at the Olympiastadion, Berlin.

South Africa's Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (right) on his way to victory in the Men's 800m during the IAAF World Championships at the Olympiastadion, Berlin.

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South Africa's Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (right) on his way to victory in the Men's 800m during the IAAF World Championships at the Olympiastadion, Berlin.

South Africa's Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (right) on his way to victory in the Men's 800m during the IAAF World Championships at the Olympiastadion, Berlin.

JOHANNESBURG - South African middle distance runner Mbulaeni Mulaudzi has been killed in a car accident  on 24 October, 2014.

Muluadzi, who was 34, carried the flag for South Africa at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

He was the world men&39;s  800 metres champion in 2009, and was the first black athlete in South Africa to achieve a number one ranking in the world.

Mulaudzi won the 800m at the 2002 Commonwealth championships.  In 2003, he won a bronze medal at the World Championships and a silver medal at the All-Africa Games.

In 2004, Mulaudzi won the World Indoor Championships 800m, followed by a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. He won further silver medals at the 2006 and 2008 World Indoor Championships.