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'SA has lost one of its most talented athletes'

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj says Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was an ambassador for the country.

South African middle distance runner and the 2009 world champion in the men's 800 metres Mbulaeni Mulaudzi. Picture: Twitter @beningfield.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says the nation has lost one of its most disciplined and talented athletes, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi.

The 800m world champion was killed in a car crash yesterday while on his way to an Athletics South Africa (ASA) meeting.

Zuma has commended the athlete for his contribution to the sports fraternity.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj says the late athlete was an ambassador for the country.

"The nation has lost a true hero and one of our most disciplined and talented athletes who flew the South African flag. We convey our heartfelt condolences to his family, to ASA and to the International Olympics Committee."

Furthermore, South African sporting bodies have sent their condolences to the family of Olympian.

ASA has expressed shock following Mulaudzi's sudden death.

ASA's President Aleck Skhosana says at the time of the accident Mulaudzi was making his way to see fellow athlete and friend Hezekiél Sepeng.