MBULAENI MULAUDZI

A consistent top-five finisher in the world 800m rankings, this athlete from Limpopo has plenty of accolades to show for his efforts. In 2002, he took Commonwealth Games gold in Manchester and left the World Championships in Paris the following year with a bronze medal. That was also the year he set his personal best time of 1 minute 42,89 seconds, just 0,2 of a second off Hezekiel Sepeng's national record set in 1999. But it was 2004 that produced the highlight of Mulaudzi's career to date. He produced a gold medal-winning performance at the World Indoor Championships in Hungary and then, despite being hampered by illness and injury in the build-up to the 2004 Olympics, claimed a silver medal in Athens after a thrilling duel with Russia's Yuriy Borzakovskiy in the finishing straight. Last year, the 26-year-old star successfully defended his World Indoor Championships title, but an injury ruled him out of doing the same at the Commonwealth Games a few weeks later.

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