Deon Lendore represented his native Trinidad and Tobago at the London 2012 Olympic Games and won bronze in the men’s 4×400 meter relay.
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Olympic medalist from Trinidad and Tobago Deon Lendore died at the age of 29 after Monday’s car accident in Texas.
Lendore won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Games as part of the national 4×400 relay team and also competed in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and Tokyo in 2021.
Sgt. Bryan Washko, a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman, revealed that Lendore’s car crossed the lanes, crossed the side of the vehicle, and then collided fatally with the SUV.
Honors fell on the 29-year-old after the tragedy, as the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee called him “inspiration” in a statement.
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They said: “Words cannot adequately express our grief over the devastating and premature loss of the three-time Olympian and bronze medalist of the Olympics and World Championships, Deon Lendor, who was an inspiration and motivation for us all on and off the track.
The committee also expressed its condolences to the athlete’s family and friends.
The statement continued: “During his career, Deon hoisted the flag of Trinidad and Tobago with pride, honor, patriotism and indomitable will, helping and inspiring many.
“We express our deepest and sincere condolences to his family, friends, teammates, coaches, the Abilene Club, the Arima community and everyone he touches.
“It’s a sad day for the Commonwealth Olympic and Sports Movements in Trinidad and Tobago.”
While competing on the professional stage, Lendore also volunteered at Texas A&M University, where he had previously competed as a student.
The university’s athletic team paid tribute to one of its great graduates, as they wrote on Twitter: “We mourn with a heavy heart over the loss of Deon Lendor.
“Inspiration and motivation for those around you, the impact it has had not only on Aggie’s athletics, but around the world, will be greatly lacking.”
Sprinter’s girlfriend Jasper Gray, a runner from the University of Arizona, also mourned the loss of a partner on Twitter.
She wrote: “I WAS ONLY WITH YOU! To think I’ll never see you again.
“Never warm me up with your natural body heat, never watch you run around the track again or cheer you up at the Olympics / World Championships, it will break me to pieces again. I will always love U @deonlendore.”