Trinidad and Tobago Olympian Deon Lendore has died.
The 400-metre sprinter, it is being reported, died in a car accident in Texas, the news making the rounds on social media just before midnight Monday.
The 44.36-second runner, who made his mark at his first Olympic Games in London, 2012, helped announce T&T as one of the new hubs of 400-metre sprinting as the quartet mined bronze in the event.
Lendore would go on to represent T&T at Olympic Games in Rio four years later and again in Tokyo just last year.
Lendore also won for T&T, a silver medal at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics, achieving the feat again in the 4×400 in 2015.
Helping T&T to pull together strong teams seemed to be one of Lenore’s strong suits, as he also played a big part in another 4×400 bronze medal, this time at the Pan Am Games in 2019. Those games were held in Lima, Peru.
The one-lap sprinter also excelled indoors, winning three bronze medals at the World Indoor Championships.
As a college student, Lendore enjoyed huge success at the NCAA level, winning the Bowerman award in 2014 as part of the famous Texas A&M University track team.
Lendore was also a fantastic junior, winning three Pan Am Junior Championships silver medals as well as a medal of the same colour at the Central American and Caribbean Games.