M. Hari Chandra

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameManikavagasam "M."•Hari Chandra
Used nameM.•Hari Chandra
Born21 July 1930 in Port Dickson (MAS)
Died29 June 2022 in Singapore (SGP)
NOC Malaya


M. Hari Chandra was the son of N Manikavasagam, a national track champion and athletics administrator. Although he began his sporting career in cricket and field hockey, Hari Chandra took after his father and specialized in the 800 metres. The pinnacle of his time as an athlete came when he was selected to represent Malaya in that event at the 1956 Melbourne Games, where he was eliminated in round one. He was also entered in the 400 metres and the 4x400 metres relay, but did not start those events. He later took part in master’s level competitions, winning silver in the 400 metres at the World Championships in 1975, and not retiring until he was almost 60. Like his father, he was also involved in the administration of his sport. His brother, Jegathesan Mani, was a prominent track and field Olympian for Malaysia.

Personal Best: 800 – 1:56.27 (1956).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Athletics MAL M. Hari Chandra
400 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
800 metres, Men (Olympic) 7 h2 r1/3
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Malaya DNS

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