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Mbulaeni Mulaudzi

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Mulaudzi in August 2014

Mbulaeni Tongai Mulaudzi (8 September 1980 – 24 October 2014) was a South African middle distance runner, and the 2009 world champion in the men's 800 metres.

He carried the flag at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. He later won a silver medal for the 800m there. He was born in Muduluni, Transvaal Province. He became South Africa's first black athlete to be ranked number one in the world.[1]

Mulaudzi died in a car crash on 24 October 2014 at the age of 34 in Mpumalanga.[2]