Sprinter Alex Quiñónez, 2019 world bronze medallist, shot dead in Ecuador | Athletics


Sprinter Alex Quiñónez has been killed in his residence nation of Ecuador. The 32-year-old, who finished third in the 200m on the World Athletics Championships in Doha two years in the past, was reportedly shot dead outdoors a purchasing centre in the port metropolis of Guayaquil on Friday evening, together with one other unnamed individual.

The Ecuadorian sports activities ministry introduced the information in a press release on its Twitter feed, saying: “Today we lost a great athlete, a person who made us dream, who made us excited. The National Police are at the scene and the authorities are conducting the corresponding investigations. He will forever remain in the hearts of all Ecuadorians.

It later added: “Thank you for having invited us to dream big and for the infinite joys that you gave us, you leave a great legacy in Ecuadorian athletics.”

On Sunday, the Folke Anderson soccer stadium in Esmeraldas will host a burning chapel to obtain Quiñónez’s coffin.

Ecuador’s president Guillermo Lasso tweeted: “We are very sorry for the painful loss of Alex Quiñónez, father, son, a great sprinter who marked the sport. Our sincerest condolences to your loved ones. Rest in peace. Those who take the lives of Ecuadorians will not go unpunished. We will act forcefully.”

The nation’s Olympic Committee mentioned in a press release that the circumstances surrounding the demise had “not yet been clarified”.

Quiñónez’s bronze had made him the primary Ecuadorian athlete to win a world medal in any observe occasion. He had certified for this 12 months’s Tokyo Olympic Games however was unable to compete after being suspended for breaching the whereabouts guidelines.

News of the sprinter’s demise emerged on the identical day as the funeral of Kenyan distance star Agnes Tirop, who was killed earlier this month – she additionally received a bronze medal on the Doha worlds in 2019, in the ten,000m. Britain’s Adam Gemili, who completed fourth behind Quiñonez at these championships, tweeted: “Absolutely horrendous few weeks for the athletics world. Rest in peace both Agnes and Alex.”

Last Monday Lasso declared a state of emergency in an try to deal with drug trafficking and a number of different crimes which can be on the rise in Ecuador. The Guayas province, of which Guayaquil is the capital, homicides have elevated by round 70% in 2021 to round 650.

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