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

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Sprinter Alex Quiñónez has been killed successful his location state of Ecuador. The 32-year-old, who finished 3rd successful the 200m astatine the World Athletics Championships successful Doha 2 years ago, was reportedly changeable dormant extracurricular a buying centre successful the larboard metropolis of Guayaquil connected Friday night, on with different unnamed person.

The Ecuadorian sports ministry announced the quality successful a connection connected its Twitter feed, saying: “Today we mislaid a large athlete, a idiosyncratic who made america dream, who made america excited. The National Police are astatine the country and the authorities are conducting the corresponding investigations. He volition everlastingly stay successful the hearts of each Ecuadorians.

It aboriginal added: “Thank you for having invited america to imagination large and for the infinite joys that you gave us, you permission a large bequest successful Ecuadorian athletics.”

On Sunday, the Folke Anderson shot stadium successful Esmeraldas volition big a burning chapel to person Quiñónez’s coffin.

Ecuador’s president Guillermo Lasso tweeted: “We are precise atrocious for the achy nonaccomplishment of Alex Quiñónez, father, son, a large sprinter who marked the sport. Our sincerest condolences to your loved ones. Rest successful peace. Those who instrumentality the lives of Ecuadorians volition not spell unpunished. We volition enactment forcefully.”

The country’s Olympic Committee said successful a connection that the circumstances surrounding the decease had “not yet been clarified”.

Quiñónez’s bronze had made him the archetypal Ecuadorian jock to triumph a planetary medal successful immoderate way event. He had qualified for this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games but was incapable to vie aft being suspended for breaching the whereabouts rules.

News of the sprinter’s decease emerged connected the aforesaid time arsenic the ceremonial of Kenyan region prima Agnes Tirop, who was killed earlier this period – she besides won a bronze medal astatine the Doha worlds successful 2019, successful the 10,000m. Britain’s Adam Gemili, who finished 4th down Quiñonez astatine those championships, tweeted: “Absolutely horrendous fewer weeks for the athletics world. Rest successful bid some Agnes and Alex.”

Last Monday Lasso declared a authorities of emergency successful an effort to tackle cause trafficking and a big of different crimes that are connected the summation successful Ecuador. The Guayas province, of which Guayaquil is the capital, homicides person accrued by astir 70% successful 2021 to astir 650.