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FILE – Trinidad and Tobago’s bronze medalist Deon Lendore poses during the medal ceremony for the men’s 400-meter final at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Britain, on March 3, 2018. Lendore, 29, a former Olympic sprinter and bronze medalist for Trinidad & Tobago and NCAA champion at Texas A&M, was killed in a head-on collision in Texas, state police said. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

The Division of Sport and Youth Affairs extends its condolences to the family and friends of Olympic athlete Deon Lendore, along with the entire national sporting fraternity. Three-time Trinidad and Tobago Olympian Lendore died on Monday 10th January, age 29, following a vehicular accident in Texas, USA. Only recently, he had been appointed to serve on the NAAAs athlete sub-committee.

Secretary Terance Baynes said he is saddened by the nation’s loss of a gifted athlete. He said Lendore was an example to young persons, especially developing athletes, and his life was proof that hard work and commitment brings success.

Assistant Secretary Wane Clarke said the news of Lendore’s passing is tragic.

“It is always sad to lose a symbol of hope and pride, not just to athletes but to youth across Trinidad and Tobago. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends and the country’s athletics fraternity. Deon proudly represented Abilene Wildcats locally, and Trinidad and Tobago internationally. We are thankful for his service to this country.”

Lendore helped Trinidad and Tobago to Olympic 4×400 metres bronze in London in 2012. He was also a 4×400 metres silver medallist at the 2015 World Championships. Additionally, The quarter-miler won individual bronze over 400 metres in 2016 and 2018 at the World Indoor Championships, and World Indoor 4×400 relay bronze.