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Deon Lendore, Olympic and world championship medalist from Trinidad and Tobago, died in a car crash in Texas on Monday. He was 29 years old.

According to Texas A&M University, for which Lendore had worked as a volunteer assistant coach for the past two seasons, the sprinter was returning home from practice when he was involved in a car crash.

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Lendore has competed in three Olympics and ran the anchor stage of the men’s 4x400m relay final at the London 2012 Olympics as his country won bronze.

He won silver in the same event at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, before winning individual bronze medals in the 400m at the 2016 and 2018 World Indoor Championships.

“Words cannot adequately express our sadness at the devastating and untimely loss of Deon Lendore, three-time Olympic medalist and bronze medalist at the World and Olympic Championships, who has been an inspiration and a motivation for us all at the same time. on a (sic) off the track, “said a statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee.

Olympic medalist Deon Lendore has died aged 29

“Deon hoisted the flag of Trinidad and Tobago with pride, honor, patriotism and an indomitable will throughout his career, while helping and inspiring many people.”

Lendore competed in her third Olympics in Tokyo last year, placing eighth with Trinidad and Tobago in the 4x400m final and reaching the semi-finals of the 400m.

He also finished third in the Diamond League 400m final in Zurich last September.

He was training as a professional athlete under contract with Puma while also being a volunteer assistant coach in Texas.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Deon Lendore, who has been part of the PUMA family since 2017,” said a statement from the sportswear company.

“We are honored that he chose us to be by his side for much of his distinguished athletic career. Our hearts are with his family. Rest in peace, Deon.”

In a statement sent to CNN, the Texas Department of Public Safety said three vehicles were involved in the Milam County collision and an investigation is still active and open.

Lendore was pronounced dead at the scene, while another driver was taken to a medical center with crippling injuries.

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