Deon Lendore

FLASHBACK: Bronze medallist Deon Lendore of Trinidad and Tobago

celebrates after the men’s 400m final at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon, USA. —Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Deon Lendore produced a fine run at the Back to the Track Series 2 meet in Texas, USA, on Thursday. The Trini­dad and Tobago quarter-miler topped the men’s 400m field in 45.65 seconds, finishing well ahead of American Aldrich Bailey (46.93).

Thursday’s race was Lendore’s first outing since the Covid-19 global pandemic disrupted the 2020 track and field season in March. In his only other 2020 race to date, the 27-year-old athlete won an indoor 300m event in Texas on February 22, in 33.21 seconds.

Thanks to his 45.65-winning run at the Back to the Track meet, Lendore is in ninth spot on the 2020 world outdoor performance list. Jamaican Akeem Bloomfield is the global leader with a 45.07s run. Italian David Re is second at 45.31, ahead of Austra­lia’s Steven Solomon (45.37), American Josephus Lyles (45.40) and Great Bri­tain’s Matthew Hudson-Smith (45.55).

The 45.65 clocking is Lendore’s fastest run in two years. In 2018, the Abilene Wildcats athlete produced a season’s best 44.81 run at a June 9 meet in Florida, USA. Two weeks la­ter, he struck gold at the T&T National Championships with a 45.31 clocking.

Last year, Lendore’s best 400m run was 46.05 seconds—well short of his 44.36 personal best. He was successful though on T&T 4x400m teams, earning gold at the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan, and bronze at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

Lalonde Gordon was in the winners’ row at Monday’s Track is Back Summer Meet 3 in Connecticut, USA. The 2012 Olympic men’s 400m bronze medallist topped the 200m field in Connecticut in 21.80 seconds.

Another T&T athlete Andre Marcano secured men’s 100m silver with a 10.60 run. On July 13 at the Track is Back Summer Meet 2, also in Connecticut, Marcano won the 200 in 22.36 and finished second in the 100 in 10.80.

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