The former 800m World Champion has been killed in a car accident.

Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, who was South African, took silver in the 2004 Olympics in Athens; he also represented his country by carrying the South African flag in the opening ceremony. He followed that Olympic success by winning a gold medal in the 2009 World Championships in Berlin and becoming “surely one of the most decorated track athletes that South Africa has ever seen,” according to his agent Peet van Zyl.

Mulaudzi, who was from Transvaal Province in South Africa, was en route to an athletics meeting in Johannesburg athletics meeting when he was killed.

IOC president Thomas Bach made a statement describing Mulaudzi as a “true Olympian and a fine athlete.”

“Our sympathies go to his family and friends, and to the whole sports family of the rainbow nation of South Africa,” continued Mr Bach. “A World Champion, he always showed huge commitment to his craft. He proudly represented his new nation around the world, and at home his successes inspired a new generation of young people to take up sport. He will be missed by the Olympic family.”

Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, the former World Champion

Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, the former World Champion