Former South Asian Games swimming gold medalist M B Balakrishnan died in a road accident in Chennai on Tuesday night. The 29-year-old was riding his bike along the EVR Salai at Arumbakkam when he fell under a concrete mixer lorry, which ran over and killed him.
“A concrete mixer lorry was ahead of them. The signal turned green and when the two vehicles were 60 meters away from the signal, Balakrishnan who was on the left tried to go towards the right and in the process, his bike hit the lorry,” said Thirumangalam traffic investigation inspector K. Hari.
Balakrishnan’s vehicle skid and he fell on the right, going under the front wheel of the lorry. He died on the spot. The pillion rider fell on the right and escaped with minor injuries.
Balakrishnan, an alumnus of the Guindy Engineering College here, pursued his higher education in the US and was working there. He had come to Chennai a few days ago.
He won a gold in the National Games at Guwahati in 2007 and later rewrote the 50m backstroke national record in July 2010 at the Senior National Championships in New Delhi.
He won the 100m and 200m backstroke events at the South Asian Games the same year.