Mbulaeni Mulaudzi

Updated: January 10, 2013

Event: Men’s 800 Metres
Date of birth: 1980/09/08
Personal bests: 800m (1:42.86), 1 500m (3:38.55)
Major achievements:
800 Metres: 2002 Commonwealth Games, Manchester (1st, final); 2003 World Championships, Paris-Saint Denis (3rd, final); 2004 World Indoor Championships, Budapest (1st, final); 2004 Olympic Games, Athens (2nd, final); 2006 World Indoor Championships, Moscow (2nd, final); 2006 World Cup, Athens (3rd, final); 2008 World Indoor Championships, Valencia (2nd, final); 2009 World Championships, Berlin (1st, final)

After a seven-year international career as the bridesmaid, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi came good when he outclassed a strong field, leading from start to finish to win the men’s 800m title at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. Mulaudzi had a great start to his career, winning gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, but he struggled to reach the top of the podium again in outdoor competitions. Indoors, he was superb, and bagged one gold and two silvers at successive global championships between 2004 and 2008. Outdoors, he picked up bronze at the 2003 World Championships in Paris, and silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics, but it was a five-year wait before he snatched gold in Berlin. Mulaudzi struggled with injuries in the latter stages of his career, and after receiving a business opportunity in Venda, he retired from the sport in May 2013.