COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) – Deon Lendore, an Olympic bronze medal-winning sprinter for Trinidad & Tobago and former NCAA champion at Texas A&M, was killed in a frontal collision in Texas, state police said. He was 29.
Lendore, a volunteer assistant coach at Texas A&M, died Monday after his car drifted across the center line, struck a vehicle and then collided with a sports car, Sgt. Bryan Washko, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety. Texas A&M coach Pat Henry said Lendore was driving home from training when the crash happened.
Lendore died on the spot. The driver of the SUV, a 65-year-old woman, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, DPS said. The driver of the vehicle was not injured by Lendore prior to the collision. The cause of the accident was investigated on Tuesday.
Lendore ran at the Olympics in 2012, 2016 and 2020 and anchored Trinidad & Tobago to a bronze medal in the 1,600-meter relay in London in 2012. In 2014, he went undefeated through 14 400-meter races while winning individual NCAA indoor and outdoor championships. .
“He embodied hope and joy every time his feet landed on the field,” said Trinidad’s Minister of Sport and Community Development Shamfa Cudjoe. “He was truly a pioneer, a life that went by prematurely. We thank him for all he has done and for providing TT with a distinguished and diligent service.”
Lendore spent the last two years as a volunteer assistant at Texas A&M while continuing to compete professionally.
“I can not even express this loss,” Henry said. “Over the years, our relationship had changed to not only be one of my athletes to train, but he was loved by my wife, children and grandchildren. He was part of my family. It hurts, it hurts really hurt. ”
Lendore tribute on social media
Tributes to Lendore flooded in on social media on Tuesday.
Texas A&M Track and Field wrote on Twitter that Lendore was an inspiration to everyone – “It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of Deon Lendore. An inspiration and motivator for those around him, the impact he had not only on Aggie athletics but around the world will be greatly missed.”
The Bowerman Award, given to the best male and female college athlete each year, shared several tribute to Lendore on social media. Lendore was the first Bowerman winner from the Southeastern Conference to win the award in 2014.
World Athletics issued an obituary by Lendore on his website and through social media.