Trinidad & Tobago Olympic 400m relay medallist Deon Lendore dies in car crash

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Trinidad and Tobago sprinter and Olympic relay bronze medal winner Deon Lendore has died in a car accident.

Team Trinidad and Tobago confirmed the news on Twitter, within the following tribute:

The 400m runner won bronze in London 2012 as the anchor in the 4x400 men’s relay. With a PB of 44.36, Lendore also represented Trinidad & Tobago at Rio 2016 and recently competed in Tokyo 2020.

As well as Olympic bronze, Lendore won silver in the 4x400m at the 2015 IAAF World Athletics Championships, as well as winning individual bronze at the 2016 World Indoors in Portland.

The former NCAA champion at Texas A&M was returning from the university where he serves as a volunteer assistant coach when he was involved in the accident on 10 January.

'He epitomised hope and joy each time his feet landed on the track,' said Trinidad Minister of Sport and Community Development, Shamfa Cudjoe.

'He was indeed a trailblazer, a life gone too soon. We thank him for everything he has done and for giving distinguished and diligent service to TT.'

Photo credit: Tim Clayton - Corbis - Getty Images
Photo credit: Tim Clayton - Corbis - Getty Images

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