The Trinidadian athletic fraternity has been rocked by the death of Deon Lendore, who passed away on Tuesday (January 11).
According to reports, the 29-year-old specialist quarter-miler succumbed to injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle collision in Texas on Monday night.
Lendore represented Trinidad and Tobago in the 2012, 2016 and 2020 Olympics.
He won a bronze medal as a member of the twin-island republic’s 4x400m relay team at the 2012 London Games.
He also won a silver medal as a member of the relay team at the World Championships in Helsinki in 2015.
News of Lendore’s tragic passing came as a shock in his home country.
“Words cannot adequately express our sadness at the devastating and untimely loss of three-time Olympian and Olympic and World Championship bronze medalist Deon Lendore, who has been an inspiration and motivation to us all both on and off the track,” said Brian Lewis, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC).
“Deon has flown the Trinidad and Tobago flag with pride, honour, patriotism and an indomitable will throughout his career while helping and inspiring many,” Lewis continued.
“We express our deepest and heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, teammates, coaches, Abilene Club, the community of Arima and all who he would have touched. It is a sad day for the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic and Commonwealth Sport Movement. May Deon Rest and Sleep In Eternal Peace,” he added.
The governing body for track and field, World Athletics, also expressed sadness at Lendore’s untimely passing in an obituary detailing his athletic career.
As a junior, Lendore won three silver medals at the Pan Am Junior Championships and a silver at the CAC Games. He also had an outstanding career as a student of Texas A&M University, winning the coveted Bowerman Award in 2014.
Between 2016 and 2018, Lendore was a three-time bronze medalist at the World Indoor Championships at Portland and Birmingham, respectively.
He was a member of the Trinidad and Tobago mile relay team that finished eighth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Japan.