Chennai, May 15: Tamil Nadu ace swimmer MB Balakrishnan, who had won gold medals in the 11th South Asian Games in Dhaka in 2010 and in various national meets, died in a road accident in the city on Tuesday night.The 29-year-old backstroke specialist, was riding a two-wheeler when he was hit by a ready mix lorry at Arumbakkam area. Balakrishnan was riding a bullet with a friend pillion riding from Arumbakkam to his house at Jayalakshmi Colony, Shenoy Nagar.Police said when he tried to overtake the lorry the bike touched it and he lost control of the vehicle and came under its wheels.
Balakrishnan, who fell in front of the lorry, was killed on the spot, while his friend escaped unhurt.His body was taken to Kilpauk Government Medical College hospital for post mortem.
Son of a doctor couple, Balakrishnan was an alumnus of College of Engineering,Guindy, and did his M.S in the US and was working there.He had recently returned to the city for vacation.Balakrishnan was earlier in the news in September 2010, when he was
attacked by an unidentified gang ahead of his participation in the Commonwealth Games. (UNI)