Deon Lendore: Olympic medalist dies aged 29

According to Texas A&M University, for which Lendore had worked as a volunteer assistant coach for the past two seasons, the sprinter was returning home from practice when he was involved in a car crash.

Lendore has competed in three Olympics and ran the anchor stage of the men’s 4x400m relay final at the London 2012 Olympics as his country won bronze.

He won silver in the same event at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, before winning individual bronze medals in the 400m at the 2016 and 2018 World Indoor Championships.

“Words cannot adequately express our sadness at the devastating and untimely loss of Deon Lendore, three-time Olympic medalist and bronze medalist at the World and Olympic Championships, who has been an inspiration and motivation to all of us at the times on a (sic) off the track “, noted a statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee.

“Deon hoisted the flag of Trinidad and Tobago with pride, honor, patriotism and an indomitable will throughout his career, while helping and inspiring many people.”

Lendore competed in her third Olympics in Tokyo last year, placing eighth with Trinidad and Tobago in the 4x400m final and reaching the semi-finals of the 400m. He also finished third in the Diamond League 400m final in Zurich last September.

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He was training as a professional athlete under contract with Puma while also being a volunteer assistant coach in Texas.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Deon Lendore, who has been part of the PUMA family since 2017” noted a statement from the sportswear company.

“We are honored that he chose us to be by his side for much of his distinguished athletic career. Our hearts are with his family. Rest in peace, Deon.”

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