The Trinidadian athlete, with world medals in the 400 and in the 4×400 relay, died after suffering an accident in Texas
E l Trinidadian Deon Lendore, Olympic and world medalist, died on the night of Monday, January 10 at age 29 in a car accident in Texas (United States), as confirmed by the Olympic Committee of their country.
A three-time Olympian, he achieved bronze in Trinidad and Tobago’s 4×400 at the London 2012 Games. In 2015, he won silver in the 4×400 at the World Cup in Beijing (China). The following year he won two bronzes, in the 400 m and the 4×400, at the Indoor World Championship in Portland (United States). He repeated metal in the 400 of the indoor event in Birmingham (England) two years later and in 2019 he ran the first post in the 4×400 meters that gave Trinidad and Tobago gold in the Yokohama Relay World Cup (Japan).
Lendore competed in his third Olympic Games in Tokyo. He was part of the 4×400 relay that finished eighth. He reached the semifinals in the 400 meters. He was third in the Diamond League 400m final in Zurich in September 2021.
He was born in Mt. Hope on October 28, 1992, and after starting at the local Abilene Wildcats club he left for the United States thanks to a scholarship at Texas A&M University.
A World Cup player in the lower categories, in 2011 he participated in the Daegu World Cups, and at the age of 19, he made his debut as an Olympian in London. He then competed in Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2021.
“Words cannot adequately express our sadness at the devastating and premature loss of three-time Olympic and world bronze medalist Deon Lendore, who has been an inspiration and motivation to all of us on and off the track,” said the Olympic Committee of Trinidad and Tobago.
He would still compete in the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Games last year. In the last edition, he did not go to the final in the 400 meters freestyle and finished eighth with the national team in the relay. Also in the 4x400m relay, Lendore won silver at the 2015 World Athletics Championships in Beijing.