Sadness overwhelms the athletics of our continent after knowing the death of the Trinidadian athlete Deon Lendore at 29 years of age, after suffering a car accident in Texas, United States, on the night of January 10, 2022.
“These are the news that we never want to hear, nor to report. Sadness overwhelms us right now. The Pan American athletics family extends its condolences to Deon’s family, an athlete who raised high the flag and the colours of Trinidad and Tobago” said Marcos Oviedo, President of the Pan American Athletics Association, APA.
From a very young age Deon was an outstanding athlete in the 400m and 4x400m at university level and representing Trinidad in Tobago, obtaining important international results, and just last Tuesday had he expressed his availability to represent Trinidad and Tobago at the 2022 World Indoor Championship. The athlete who set the 44.36s as his personal best in the 400m had recently been appointed to the athlete’s subcommittee.
In 2008 he participated in the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) achieving the silver medal in the 4x400m in the U17 category. In 2009 he was second in the Port Spain Junior Pan American Championship in the relay.
In the 2010 edition of the CARIFTA and in the Under 20s he obtained second place in the 400m and the bronze medal in the 4x400m. That same year he participated in the Central American and Caribbean Junior Championship (U20) in Santo Domingo, where he won the gold medal in the relay and the bronze medal in the 400m.
In 2011 he conquered the first place in the 4x400m of the CARIFTA held in Jamaica, the bronze medal of the Central American and Caribbean Championship in Mayagüez in the same event, and the silver and bronze medals at the Junior Pan American Championship in Miramar.
In London 2012 and at the age of 19, he made his debut in the Olympic Games having an outstanding participation that earned him the bronze medal in the 4x400m alongside Lalonde Gordon, Jarrin Solomon and Ade Alleyne-Forte.
In 2014 and as a college student at the NCAA level, he received the Bowerman Award as part of the Texas A&M University track team.
His first participation in World Championships was in 2015 in Beijing, where he won the silver medal in the 4x400m. In the same year he graduated from the University. A year later he was third in both events during the Indoor World Championships in Portland, United States and participated in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where he did not obtain good results.
He returned to the top of the podium at the World Relay Championship held in Nassau, Bahamas in 2017. In 2018 he was third at the Indoor World Championships in Birmingham, USA in the 400m event.
In 2019 he was once again champion of the World Relay in Yokohama, Japan, was a bronze medallist at the Pan American Games in Lima also in the 4x400m and finished in fifth position at the Doha World Championships.
In 2021 he participated in the Tokyo Olympics where he finished ninth and eighth in the 400m and 4x400m respectively.
Rest in Peace