Mbulaeni Mulaudzi

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Mbulaeni Mulaudzi
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Medal record
Men’s athletics
Competitor for  South Africa
Olympic Games
Silver 2004 Athens 800 m
World Championships
Gold 2009 Berlin 800 m
Bronze 2003 Paris 800 m
World Indoor Championships
Gold 2004 Budapest 800 m
Silver 2006 Moskva 800 m
Silver 2008 Valencia 800 m
Commonwealth Games
Gold 2002 Manchester 800 m
African Championships
Silver 2000 Algiers 800 m
Bronze 2002 Rades 800 m
All-Africa Games
Silver 2003 Abuja 800 m
Silver 2007 Algiers 800 m
IAAF World Athletics Final
Gold 2006 Stuttgart 800 m
Silver 2007 Stuttgart 800 m
Bronze 2009 Tessaloniki 800 m
IAAF World Cup
Bronze 2006 Athens 800 m

Mbulaeni Tongai Mulaudzi (born 8 September 1980 in Muduluni, Transvaal Province) is 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 for his native country. He became South Africa's first black athlete to be ranked number one in the world.[1]

His first international medal was a silver at the 2000 African Championships in Athletics. He competed at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics and finished sixth in his first global final. At his first Commonwealth Games, Mulaudzi was first past the finish line to become the 2002 Commonwealth champion in the 800 m. He won a bronze medal at the 2003 World Championships the following year, in addition to a silver medal from the 2003 All-Africa Games.

He came to prominence in 2004, when he won at the World Indoor Championships and reached the podium at the 2004 Athens Olympics to win an Olympic silver medal. At the 2006 World Indoor Championships he won a silver medal, and he repeated the feat two years later at the 2008 edition. He represented South Africa at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but was knocked out of the 800 m at the semi-final stage.

He made the 800 m final at four consecutive World Athletics Championships, and won his first gold medal in the event in 2009. He returned to competition in 2010 with a win at the Meeting Grand Prix IAAF de Dakar.[2]

Personal bests[edit]

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2000 African Championships Algiers, Algeria 2nd 1:46.28
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 6th 1:45.01
2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester, England 1st 1:46.32
African Championships Rades, Tunisia 3rd 1:46.20
2003 World Championships Paris, France 3rd 1:44.90
IAAF World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 5th
All-Africa Games Abuja, Nigeria 2nd 1:46.44
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st 1:45.71
Summer Olympics Athens, Greece 2nd 1:44.61
IAAF World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 5th
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finald 12th (sf) 1:45.73
IAAF World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 5th
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 2nd 1:47.16
African Championships Bambous, Mauritius 6th 1:47.94
IAAF World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 1st
IAAF World Cup Athens, Greece 3rd 1:45.14
2007 All-Africa Games Algiers, Algeria 2nd 1:45.54
World Championships Osaka, Japan 7th 1:47.52
IAAF World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 2nd
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 2nd 1:44.91
Summer Olympics Beijing, China 11th (sf) 1:46.24
IAAF World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 6th
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 1st 1:45.29
IAAF World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 3rd


In 2004 he was inducted into the University of Pretoria Sport Hall of fame.[3]


  1. ^ From dusty Village to World Traveler - Mbulaeni Mulaudzi. Time to Run. Retrieved on 2009-08-23.
  2. ^ Turner, Chris (2010-04-24). Wlodarczyk blasts out 75.13m release in Dakar – IAAF World Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-04-25.
  3. ^ http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=10413 Hall of fame Retrieved 25 June 2011

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