Deon Lendore, a three-time Olympic sprinter who won a bronze medal in 2012, died in Texas on Monday, according to reports. He was 29 years old. Lendore was killed in a car crash near College Station, Texas. He was returning home from track training, serving as a volunteer coach at Texas A&M, according to head coach Pat Henry, per KBTX-TV.
The Texas Department of Public Safety told TMZ Sports that Lendore was driving a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta when she crossed the center line and “slipped a vehicle” in the opposite direction on FM 485 in Milam County. Lendore continued on and drifted above the center line again, causing him to collide head-on into another vehicle. Lendore was pronounced dead at the scene, and the driver of the other car, a 65-year-old woman, was taken to a local hospital with “crippling injuries”.
It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of Deon Lendore. An inspiration and motivation to those around him, the impact he had not only on Aggie’s athleticism but across the world will be sorely missed.
– Texas A&M Track & Field/Cross Country (@aggietfxc) 11 janvier 2022
“It’s very hard to express, I can’t even express this loss,” Henry said, according to the official Texas A&M website. “Over the years our relationship changed not only for one of my athletes to coach, but he was loved by my wife, kids and grandchildren. He was part of my family. It hurts, it really hurts. My thoughts are with his family and efforts to get through this very difficult time. ”
Lendore, from Trinidad and Tobago, competed in the 2012, 2016 and 2020 Olympics, winning bronze in the 4 × 400-meter relay in 2012. He also won five world medals including gold as IAAF 4x400m relay member. World Relays in 2019. Lendore competed in Texas A&M from 2012 to 2015. His best season was 2014 when he beat 14 400-meter races while winning the NCAA title at both indoor and outdoor championships.
“Deon Lendore leaves a huge legacy not only at Texas A&M, but on the world stage,” said athletic director Ross Bjork. “This is an unthinkable tragedy and a huge loss for the athletics community and for Aggies everywhere. He was a wonderful representative of Texas A&M Athletics both as a student-athlete and a volunteer coach, and we offer our sincere condolences to Deon’s family, teammates and friends. ”