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Deon Lendore, 3-Time Olympian And NCAA Champ At Texas A&M, Dead At 29

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. (*29*) Washko, a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman. Texas A&M coach Pat Henry mentioned Lendore was driving residence from observe when the crash occurred.

Deon Lendore competes in the men's 4x400m relay heats for Trinidad and Tobago during the Tokyo Olympic Games.Deon Lendore competes within the males’s 4x400m relay heats for Trinidad and Tobago throughout the Tokyo Olympic Games.

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Lendore died on the scene. The driver of the SUV, a 65-year-old girl, was taken to a hospital with critical accidents, DPS mentioned. The driver of the automobile sideswiped by Lendore earlier than the collision was not injured. The reason for the crash was underneath 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 means of 14 races at 400 meters whereas successful particular person NCAA indoor and out of doors championships.

Deon Lendore races for Texas A&M in 2014, when he won individual indoor and outdoor NCAA 400-meter titles. Deon Lendore races for Texas A&M in 2014, when he gained particular person indoor and out of doors NCAA 400-meter titles.

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“He epitomized hope and joy each time his feet landed on the track,” Trinidad Minister of Sport and Community Development Shamfa Cudjoe mentioned. “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.”

Lendore spent the previous two years as a volunteer assistant at Texas A&M whereas he continued to compete professionally.

“I can’t even express this loss,” Henry mentioned. “Over the years our relationship had changed to not only one of my athletes to coach, but he was loved by my wife, children and grandchildren. He was part of my family. It hurts, it really hurts.”

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