Just before midnight on Monday, news shocked social media that T&T’s 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Deon Lendore died.
The 29-year-old from Arima is understood to have been in an accident in the United States where he resides and succumbed as a result.
His event was the 400m sprint. His best time was 44:36.
Lendore represented T&T at three Olympic Games; London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020. The highlight of his career was his bronze medal at the London games where he was part of the quartet that won bronze in the event.
Lendore was also a World Championships silver medalist in the same event in 2015. He won three bronze medals in the World Indoor Championships while he was also a 4×400 bronze medalist at the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru in 2019.
Lendore’s success at the highest level surprised few who knew him at the junior level. He had always shown promise. As a junior, he won three silver medals at the Pan Am Junior Championships and a silver at the CAC Games.
He went on to enjoy a flourishing career with Texas A&M University in the NCAA winning the famous Bowerman award in 2014.