Olympic sprint star shot dead in “assassination” in Ecuador – .

Olympic sprint star shot dead in “assassination” in Ecuador – .

Olympic sprinter Alex Quinonez was killed in his hometown of Guayaquil.

The death was confirmed by Roberto Ibáñez, president of the Guayas Sports Federation, as he expressed his pain on social media.

“My heart is totally broken, I can’t find words to describe the emptiness I feel,” Ibáñez wrote on Twitter.

“I can’t believe it, until when are we going to continue to live with so much evil and insecurity!” »Added the sports leader, referring to the fact that the city of Guayaquil has become the center of the rise of delinquency and criminality.

“Rest in peace dear Alex, I will miss you all my life.” “

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According to reports, Quinonez, 32, was shot dead by strangers alongside a friend on Friday outside a shopping mall in Colinas de la Florida, Guayaquil. A police investigation into the tragedy is currently underway.

The Ecuadorian sprinter ran the 100m and 200m, and it was this last event that marked his two career highs.

At the London 2012 Olympics, he set a national record of 20.28 seconds in the playoffs and finished seventh in the final.

Then at the 2019 World Championships in Qatar, he won his only major medal taking bronze behind Noah Lyles of the United States and Andre De Grasse of Canada.

Responses to Ibáñez’s tweet underscored the angst many fans of the athlete and his fellow Ecuadorians feel, while fellow sprinter David Lima of Portugal was also among those who paid tribute.

He said: “Devastating news from Ecuador this morning. Alex Quinonez, bronze medalist in the 200m at the 2019 World Championship, murdered in the street. Heartbreaking stuff. “

The Sports Ministry also reacted, calling Quinonez “the best sprinter in the history of our country”.



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Quinonez also qualified for the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics this summer, but was barred from participating after failing to show up for routine doping control.

As a result, the International Olympic Committee suspended his participation and although he appealed the decision, the sanction was upheld and he could not be registered to race in Japan.

His personal bests of 10.09 seconds in the 100m and 19.87 in the 200m are national records, and he was a two-time champion at the 2012 Ibero-American Championships.

He also holds the national record in the 400m, after a time of 46.28 in a race in Braga in 2019.

His death came on the fourth day of a state of emergency declared by the country’s president, Guillermo Lasso, in an attempt to stop an increase in crime in the country.

Joint operations between the army and the police were concentrated in several provinces of Ecuador, particularly in the coastal area of ​​Guayas, where, according to the agency EFE, there have been several violent deaths in recent weeks.

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