24 October 2021

Ecuadorian Olympic sprinter Alex Quinonez has been shot dead.

Ecuadorian Olympic sprinter Alex Quinonez has been shot dead in the port city of Guayaquil.

Quinonez, 32, and another person were found dead close to midnight (05:00 GMT) on Friday, according to police, with the killing sparking an outpouring of grief in a country struggling to contain a surge in violence.

Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso promised to bring his killers to justice.

Quinonez held Ecuador’s record for the 200m sprint with a time of 19.87 seconds.

He was a finalist in the 2012 London Olympics, achieving seventh place after competing in the semis in the lane next to Usain Bolt.

Quinonez won bronze in the 200m at the 2019 World Championships in Qatar.

Ecuador’s Olympic Committee said Quinonez’s death  “leaves us with profound pain” and that his “legacy will forever stay in our hearts”.

Quinonez became the first Ecuadorian athlete to win a global medal in a track event.

Source: www.aljazeera.com

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