Monday, January 17, 2022

Tokyo Olympic sprinter and ex-Texas A&M star pass away at 29

Deon Landor, a bronze medal winner at the Olympics in Trinidad and Tobago and a former NCAA champion at Texas A&M, was killed in a head-on collision in Texas, state police said. He was 29.

Landor, a volunteer assistant coach at Texas A&M, died Monday after his car crossed the center line, hit the side of a car and then collided with an SUV, the sergeant said. Brian Vashko, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman. Texas A&M coach Pat Henry said Landore was driving home from training when the accident happened.

Deon Landor competes in the men’s 4x400m relay for the Trinidad and Tobago national team during the Tokyo Olympics.

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Landor died on the spot. The driver of the SUV, a 65-year-old woman, with injuries of varying severity was taken to the hospital, the traffic police said. The driver of the car hit by Landor before the collision was not injured. The causes of the accident were investigated on Tuesday.

Landor competed in the 2012, 2016 and 2020 Olympics and secured the bronze medal for Trinidad and Tobago in the 1600m relay in London in 2012. In 2014, he has not lost a single defeat in the 14 400 meter races, winning the individual NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships. …

Deon Landor races Texas A&M in 2014 when he won the NCAA 400m Indoor and Outdoor Individuals.
Deon Landor races Texas A&M in 2014 when he won the NCAA 400m Indoor and Outdoor Individuals.

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“He personified hope and joy every time his feet landed on the track,” said Trinidad Minister of Sports and Community Development Shamfa Cajo. “He really was a pioneer whose life passed away too early. We thank him for everything he has done and for the outstanding and diligent service of TT. “

Landore has spent the past two years as a volunteer assistant at Texas A&M, continuing to compete in professional competitions.

“I can’t even put this loss into words,” Henry said. “Over the years, our relationship has changed not only towards one of my athletes to coach, but also to the fact that he was loved by my wife, children and grandchildren. He was part of my family. It hurts, it hurts a lot. “

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