Deon Lendore

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Deon Lendore
Deon Lendore 2016.jpg
Lendore at the 2016 World Indoor Championships
Personal information
NationalityTrinidadian
Born(1992-10-28)28 October 1992
Arima, Trinidad
Died10 January 2022(2022-01-10) (aged 29)
Texas, U.S.
Education Texas A&M University
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) [1]
Weight78 kg (172 lb) [1]
Sport
Sport Running
Event(s) 400 metres
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)400 m: 44.36 [1]

Deon Lendore (28 October 1992 – 10 January 2022) was a Trinidadian sprinter who specialized in the 400 metres. He won a bronze medal in the 4 × 400 metres relay event at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and won medals at the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships, World Athletics Championships and World Athletics Indoor Championships. Lendore died in a car collision in Texas, U.S. on 10 January 2022.

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Early life and college career

Lendore was born in Mount Hope, and started competing for Abilene Christian Wildcats. [2] He attended Queen's Royal College High School in Trinidad, [3] and later Texas A&M University, where he competed in the school's track and field team from 2012–2014. In 2014, He won The Bowerman, which is the highest individual honor in NCAA track and field. [4] [5] Lendore later worked as a volunteer coach at Texas A&M University, from 2020 until 2022. [6]

Professional career

Lendore's first international event was the 2009 World Youth Championships in Athletics. [2] The year, he was part of the Trinidad team that won a silver medal in the 4 × 400 metres relay event at the 2009 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships. [7] In 2010 he competed in the World Athletics U20 Championships. [2]

Lendore won a silver medal in the 400 metres at the 2011 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in Miramar, Florida. [8] He was part of the Trinidadian team that came third in the 4 × 400 metres relay event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. [9] He ran the final leg of the relay, and held off Briton Martyn Rooney. [2] Lendore was part of the Trinidad team that came second in the 4 × 400 metres relay event at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China. [9] Lendore competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, [9] He won a bronze medal at the 400 metres event at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships. [10] He was not selected for the Trinidad relay team for the 2017 World Championships in Athletics. [10]

Lendore won a bronze medal at the 400 metres event at the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships, after two athletes who finished ahead of him were disqualified. [11] He was part of the Trinidad team that came fourth in the 4 × 400 metres relay event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. [12] Later in the year, he was not awarded funding by his country's Incentives and Rewards Framework. [13] He was part of the Trinidad team that won the 4 × 400 metres relay event at the 2019 IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan. [10] In the same year, he was part of the Trinidad team that won the 4 × 400 metres relay event at the 2019 Pan American Games. [14]

Lendore competed at the delayed 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. In Tokyo, he reached the semi-finals of the 400 metres competition, and was part of the Trinidad team that finished eighth in the 4 × 400 metres relay event. [2] Later in the year, he finished third in the 400 metres event at the 2021 Diamond League event in Zurich. [6]

Competition record

YearCompetitionVenuePositionEventNotes
Representing Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago
2008 CARIFTA Games (U-17) Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis 4th400 m50.06
2nd4 × 400 m3:21.20
2010 CARIFTA Games (U-20) George Town, Cayman Islands 2nd400 m46.59
3rd4 × 400 m3:11.59
Central American and Caribbean
Junior Championships (U-20)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 3rd400 m47.16
1st4x400 m3:08.19
World Junior Championships Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada15th (sf)400m 47.49
10th (h)4 × 400 m 3:10.87
2011 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Montego Bay, Jamaica8th400 m70.25
1st4 × 400 m3:08:96
2015 World Championships Beijing, China2nd4 × 400 m 2:58.20
2016 World Indoor Championships Portland, United States3rd400 m 46.17
3rd4 × 400 m 3:05.51
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil35th (h)400 m 46.15
4 × 400 m DQ
2017 World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 1st (h)4 × 400 m 3:02.51
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom3rd400 m 46.37
4th4 × 400 m 3:02.52
Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia4th4 × 400 m 3:02.85
2019 World Relays Yokohama, Japan1st4 × 400 m 3:00.81
Pan American Games Lima, Peru3rd4 × 400 m 3:02.25
World Championships Doha, Qatar5th4 × 400 m 3:00.74
2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan9th (sf)400 m 44.93
8th4 × 400 m 3:00.85
Source: [15]

Death

On 10 January 2022, Lendore was involved in a car crash on FM 485 in Milam County in Texas and was pronounced dead at the scene. [2] [16] [17] A statement from the Texas Department of Public Safety said that three vehicles were involved in the collision, and they were investigating the events. [6]

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