MB Balakrishnan, a swimmer from India, has died in a road accident today, May 14th. The 29-year-old Tamil Nadu swimmer was riding his bike along the EVR Salai at Arumbakkam when he fell under a truck, which ran over and killed him, according to The News Minute.
“He tried to overtake the lorry and moved correctly but seems to have lost balance somehow. He fell before the lorry while his friend fell the other side. The front wheel of the lorry ran over his stomach. He died on the spot,” says an officer involved in the case. “We have recovered the CCTV footage from the spot. It seems to have been a freak accident. It is regrettable,” he added.
Balakrishnan took a pair of medals at the 2010 South Asian Games, claiming gold in the 50m back and silver in the 100m back at the meet in Dhaka.
Venkat Raman, a close friend of the swimmer said of his friend, “He was a champion in everything he took interest in. Never let negativity bog him down nor did he ever let people around him get knocked down. He was so full of energy, optimism and truly a source of inspiration to everyone he knew.” (The News Minute)