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Olympic medallist from Trinidad and Tobago killed in car crash

Deon Lendore was only 29 years old and had his eyes set on the 2022 Commonwealth Games and World Championships

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On Monday evening, a three-time Olympian from Trinidad and Tobago, Deon Lendore, was killed in a car accident on his way home from practice in College Station, Texas.

Lendore on the inside lane in the 400m at the London Olympics

News of his death surfaced on social media on Monday evening, after several athletes tweeted, mourning the loss of the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, who was a volunteer assistant track and field coach at Texas A&M University, according to a CNN report.

Lendore was the anchor of the 4x400m relay team that won bronze at the London Olympics in 2012, and was a 400m semi-finalist in Rio and Tokyo. He was only 29, and had his sights set on the 2022 Commonwealth Games and World Championships.

The sprinter had a lot of success in the 4x400m relay, where he won silver at the 2015 World Championships and gold at the World Relays in 2019. He also won two individual 400m bronze medals at the World Indoor Championships in 2016 and 2018. His 4x400m relay team finished eighth in Tokyo, and he won individual bronze in the 400m at the Diamond League final in Zurich in September 2021. Lendore had been a Puma athlete since 2017.