|200 Metres||21.20||Couva||10 JUL 2011|
|400 Metres||44.36||Lexington, KY||18 MAY 2014|
|200 Metres||20.68||College Station, TX||08 FEB 2014|
|400 Metres||45.03||College Station, TX||01 MAR 2014|
|2015||44.41||Starkville, MS||16 MAY|
|2014||44.36||Lexington, KY||18 MAY|
|2013||44.94||Eugene, OR||07 JUN|
|2012||45.13||Manhattan, KS||13 MAY|
|2011||46.50||Miramar, FL||22 JUL|
|2010||46.59||George Town||03 APR|
|2009||47.61||Port of Spain||31 JUL|
|2014||20.68||College Station, TX||08 FEB|
|2016||46.00||College Station, TX||06 FEB|
|2015||45.38||Fayetteville, AR||13 FEB|
|2014||45.03||College Station, TX||01 MAR|
|2013||45.15||Fayetteville (Randall Tyson TC), AR||23 FEB|
|2012||46.33||College Station, TX||25 FEB|
|14th IAAF World Championships||4sf2||45.47||Moskva (Luzhniki)||12 AUG 2013|
|The XXX Olympic Games||5h2||45.81||London (Olympic Stadium)||04 AUG 2012|
|13th IAAF World Junior Championships||5sf3||47.49||Moncton (Moncton Stadium)||21 JUL 2010|
|6th IAAF World Youth Championships||6sf2||48.20||Bressanone||09 JUL 2009|
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Updated 25 July 2013
Deon LENDORE, Trinidad and Tobago (200/400/4x400m)
Born: 28 October 1992, Mt Hope, Trinidad
Lives: College Station, Texas, USA
Coach: Pat Henry
The image of Deon Lendore battling to the finish line to hold off British anchor Martyn Rooney in the men’s 4x400 metres final at the 2012 London Olympics has been etched indelibly in the memories of Trinidad and Tobago citizens everywhere.
Lendore, just 19 at the time, dug deep into his reserves to quash the hopes of the thousands of Britons in and out of the Olympic Stadium who were screaming their lungs out in a bid to eke out bronze. Instead, the medal went to Team T&T.
“Anchoring my country’s 4x4 team to a bronze at the Olympics was breathtaking, especially the last stages coming home. The last 10-15 metres, seeing the flashing lights, it seemed as if time just slowed for that few seconds - crossing the line, seeing my teammates’ faces filled with joy gave me a sense of accomplishment.
“Being on the podium was great,” Lendore continues, “but it also brought forward a little drive and determination because we weren’t first. It made me want to work harder to be better next time around.”
The evidence of Lendore’s hard work in the off-season came as early as January 19, the Texas A&M University student winning a 400 metres race in Texas in 45.91 seconds to claim the number one spot on the 2013 world indoor performance list.
On February 23, Lendore improved to 45.15, a new T&T indoor record and the fastest indoor time in the world this year. The 20-year-old quartermiler actually has the three fastest indoor times produced in 2013 – 45.15, 45.23 and 45.36.
Lendore has proven to be an invaluable asset for Texas A&M on the American collegiate circuit, bagging 400 bronze at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships and improving to silver in the same event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
There was a major breakthrough for Lendore in the NCAA Outdoor Championship final. He clocked 44.94 seconds to become the ninth T&T athlete to dive under 45 seconds (Note: including Wendell Mottley’s converted 440 yards time.)
But with his career still in the fledgling stage, it is no surprise that he wants to achieve much more: “To be one of the best quartermilers out of Trinidad and Tobago…and the world has ever seen.”
Given Lendore’s progression over the last three seasons, the 44.21 seconds national record, established way back in 1992 by Ian Morris, seems an attainable goal. In 2011, Lendore had a personal record (PR) of 46.50 seconds. He sliced a big chunk off his PR, last year, dropping his time to 45.13. And with the IAAF World Championships still to come, he has already improved to 44.94 in 2013.
Lendore’s goals, however, at the August 10-18 Worlds in Moscow, Russia are not time-based.
“To go out there and execute some perfect races in each at every round, and make it to the finals for my event and relay.”
Bronze in the 4x400 metres relay at the Olympics last year is Lendore’s biggest achievement to date. The biggest disappointment, though, also came at the London Games: “Coming into the Olympics with an injury and not getting the best performance out of myself for the 400.”
Lendore is keen to make up for the disappointment of bowing out in the opening round of the individual 400 metres event in London, where he finished fifth in heat two in 45.81 seconds.
Also in that race was Kirani James of Grenada. He won in 45.23 seconds, and went on to strike gold in the final, with an Area record of 43.94.
James and Lendore are the same age, and are likely to feature in many championship showdowns in the years ahead.
Lendore is working hard so he can effectively challenge the likes of James and American LaShawn Merritt. But his rivalry does not prevent the T&T athlete from acknowledging the brilliance of his Grenadian friend.
“My idol was actually a football player, Kaka…(also) Michael Jordan and Tyson Gay. I still look up to those people, but I also have friends I look towards, like Jehue Gordon, Kirani James.”
At Texas A&M, Lendore is coached by American Pat Henry and former Grenadian quartermiler Alleyne Francique. He credits the pair, as well as his club coach in T&T, three-time Olympian Charlie Joseph, mother Chrispina Edmund, and sister Leah Johnson as the people mainly responsible for his success on the track.
“My mom is the main provider in my life and my track and field career - also my main supporter.”
Lendore’s main source of motivation, though, is his other sibling, Jevaughn.
“My brother isn’t really well and hasn’t lived a regular life since he was about three years, so I have looked at that as inspiration to do good in life and try to help make his life better.”
The compassion, however, in fun-loving Lendore’s heart is not exclusively for those in his immediate family circle.
“My biggest interest outside of track and field is helping those in need, no matter what the situation, be it emotional or physical support.”
But the schedule of a student-athlete is packed with studying, training and competing, leaving Lendore very little time to pursue this passion.
“It’s more of a time to time basis. When people come to me, I try to help in any way I can, especially the younger kids.”
Apart from helping others, Lendore plays video games in his free time, goes to movies and, basically, enjoys life. “I’m always joking around and making people laugh,” he states.
Lendore describes himself as an “active, adventurous, easily motivated young individual”.
“I always got my eye on that target,” he continues, “and tend to keep at it until my goals are met.”
Hence the reason Lendore is not yet considering the pro option. Though he enjoyed a highly successful sophomore campaign, don’t expect to hear that the quartermiler has given up the rest of his collegiate eligibility in order to sign with a major sports goods manufacturer.
“I’m planning to get my education taken care of. I’m already halfway through, and to me that time went by rather quickly, so I guess the next two years of my collegiate life will be done with faster than I can think.”
Before moving to College Station, Texas to take up an athletic scholarship at Texas A&M, Lendore lived in Arima, a town situated about 16 miles east of the T&T capital, Port-of-Spain. Arima is well known for its love of sport, and is the home of many clubs, including Lendore’s Abilene Wildcats.
“My neighbourhood inspires me to be the best that I can be. They are always there supporting me and giving me all the respect for even the simplest of achievements.”
200: 21.20 (2011)
400: 44.94 (2013)
200m/400m: 2009: 47.61; 2010: 21.38w/46.59; 2011: 21.20/46.50; 2012: 21.27/45.13; 2013: 44.94
(4x400) Carifta Games U17 (Basseterre)
(4x400) Pan Am Junior Championships (Port-of-Spain)
(Medley) World Youth Championships (Bressanone)
(400) Carifta Games U20 (George Town)
(4x400) Carifta Games U20 (George Town)
(400) *CAC U20 Championships (Santo Domingo)
(4x400) *CAC U20 Championships (Santo Domingo)
(4x400) Carifta Games U20 (Montego Bay)
(4x400) *CAC Championships (Mayaguez)
(400) Pan Am Junior Championships (Florida)
(4x400) Olympic Games (London)
(400) NCAA Indoor (Fayetteville)
(400) NCAA (Fayetteville)
*CAC = Central American & Caribbean
Prepared by Kwame Laurence for the IAAF “Focus on Athletes” project. Copyright IAAF 2013