Former middle distance runner Nadarajan dies

KUALA LUMPUR: Former national middle distance runner D. Nadarajan passed away on Wednesday. He was 38.

Source: Former middle distance runner Nadarajan dies

KUALA LUMPUR: Former national middle distance runner D. Nadarajan passed away on Wednesday. He was 38.

Nadarajan, who was paralysed from waist down after an accident in 2007, was admitted to the Kulim General Hospital on Monday for fever.

“But he was diagnosed with septic shock (a serious medical condition that can lead to organ injury due to infection),” said his sister Piramila.

“We are sad to have lost a loving brother … he made the family proud by representing Malaysia in athletics.”

Nadarajan leaves behind wife Shamala Dorasamy, 37, and four children – sons Lineysh, 14; Peravinash, 11; and daughters Jivithra, 15; and Peravisha, 11.

Former SEA Games athletes D. Nadarajan, 38, (second right) with other members of 4x400 team (from right) Romzi Bakar, Yazid Parlan and S. Vasu during the Jakarta SEA Games in 1997.

From right: Romzi, Nadarajan, Yazid and Vasu won the gold in the men’s 4x400m at the 1997 SEA Games in Jakarta.

He competed in the 400m for Malaysia in the 1995 SEA Games in Chiang Mai, the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games and the Asian Track and Field (ATF) Championships in Fukuoka in 1998.

At the 1997 SEA Games in Jakarta, Nadarajan won the gold in the men’s 4x400m with Yazid Parlan, S. Vasu and Romzi Bakar.

He retired in 2002.

Tragedy struck in March, 2007 after a steel fragment hit the right side of his head when a tyre he was inflating suddenly exploded. He became paralysed from the waist down.