Deon Lendore, an Olympic bronze medal-winning sprinter for Trinidad and Tobago and former NCAA champion at Texas A&M, was killed in a head-on collision in Texas, state police mentioned. He was 29.
Lendore, a volunteer assistant coach at Texas A&M, died Monday after his automobile drifted throughout the middle line, sideswiped a automobile after which collided with a sport-utility automobile, mentioned Sgt. Bryan Washko, a Texas Division of Public Security spokesman. Texas A&M coach Pat Henry mentioned Lendore was driving residence from apply when the crash occurred.
Lendore died on the scene. The motive force of the SUV, a 65-year-old lady, was taken to a hospital with critical accidents, DPS mentioned. The motive force of the automobile sideswiped by Lendore earlier than the collision was not injured. The reason for the crash was beneath investigation Tuesday.
Lendore ran within the 2012, 2016 and 2020 Olympics and anchored Trinidad and Tobago to a bronze medal within the 1,600-meter relay in London in 2012. In 2014, he went undefeated by 14 races at 400 meters whereas profitable particular person NCAA indoor and out of doors championships.
“He epitomized hope and pleasure every time his toes landed on the observe,” Trinidad Minister of Sport and Neighborhood Growth Shamfa Cudjoe mentioned. “He was certainly a trailblazer, a life gone too quickly. We thank him for every little thing he has carried out and for giving distinguished and diligent service to TT.”
Lendore spent the previous two years as a volunteer assistant at Texas A&M whereas he continued to compete professionally.
“I can’t even specific this loss,” Henry mentioned. “Over time our relationship had modified to not solely considered one of my athletes to educate, however he was liked by my spouse, kids and grandchildren. He was a part of my household. It hurts, it actually hurts.”