Sporting bodies send condolences to Mulaudzi's family

The 800m world champion was killed in a car crash on Friday.

FILE: Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was killed in a car crash yesterday.

JOHANNESBURG - South African sporting bodies have sent their condolences to the family of world athletics Mbulaeni Mulaudzi.

Athletics South Africa (ASA) has expressed shock following Mulaudzi's sudden death.

The 800m world champion was killed in a car crash yesterday.

ASA President Aleck Skhosana says the crash occurred in Emalahleni.

Skhosana says at the time of the accident Mulaudzi was making his way to see fellow athlete and friend HezekiƩl Sepeng.

"He was supposed to meet with some of his former colleagues in Johannesburg, Mr Sepeng in particular. But they did not meet; I think it's because of the accident."

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) President Gideon Sam also sent his condolences to the family.

Sam says young sporting enthusiasts have lost a great role model.

"Mbulaeni was quiet a humbled athlete. We need those kinds of role models; people who make it to the top, become world champions and yet they remain with their feet on the ground."

In 2009 he became the world champion in the men's 800 metres.

He was the first South African black athlete to be ranked number one in the world.

His former coach and friend Sepeng says he lost a friend and the country has lost a legend.

"2009 was a great year for him. I was able to coach him for two years. South Africa has lost one of the best."

At the same time, President Jacob Zuma has sent his condolences to the Mulaudzi family.

Zuma expressed his shock and sadness at the death of South African athlete Mulaudzi.

In a statement this morning, Zuma sent his condolences to the 34-year-old's family as well as ASA.

He also described Mulaudzi as a true hero and one of our most disciplined and talented athletes.

South Africans took to social media to express their shock and send condolences to Mulaudzi's family.

Indeed sad news for all South Africans as we hear of another tragedy to an iconic athlete in an accident.RIP Mbulaeni Mulaudzi.A world star.

Devastated Mbulaeni Mulaudzi Olympic silver medallist(800m) and SA sports hero killed in motor accident There are no words

Extremely sad to hear South African 800 m legend and friend Mulaudzi died today in an accident. R.I.P.

Such tragic news about Mbulaeni #Mulaudzi passing away in a car accident this afternoon. SA athletic icon.

My condolences to the Mulaudzi family and friends. Mulaudzi passed away in a car accident. May God be with you in this trying period.