Ecuadorian sprinter Alex Quinonez who won bronze at 2019 World Cup ‘shot dead’
Ecuadorian sprinter Alex Quinonez ‘shot dead’ in home country as sports ministry pays tribute to ‘person who made us dream’ after his bronze medal in the 200 meters at 2019 World Championships
- Ecuadorian sprinter Alex Quinonez has been murdered in his homeland
- The 32-year-old is said to have been shot together with another person on Friday evening
- Quinonez won bronze in the 200m at the 2019 World Championships in Doha
- Kenyan fund star Agnes Tirop was murdered in her home earlier this month
The bronze medalist of the 200 meters, Alex Quinonez, has died in his home country of Ecuador.
The 32-year-old finished third at the World Championships in Doha two years ago, becoming the first Ecuadorian athlete to win a global medal in a track event.
According to the BBC, Quinonez was gunned down with another person outside a shopping center in the city of Guayaquil on Friday night.
The Ecuadorian Ministry of Sports announced the news in a statement on its Twitter feed, saying: “Today we lost a great athlete, a person who made us dream, who made us excited.”
‘The National Police is on the scene and the authorities are conducting the corresponding investigations. He will forever remain in the hearts of all Ecuadorians,” it added.
Alex Quinonez was reportedly shot dead on Friday in Ecuador’s Guayaquil city
The 32-year-old won a bronze medal in the 200 meters at the 2019 World Championships in Doha
Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso tweeted: “We are deeply sorry for the painful loss of Alex Quinonez, father, son, a great sprinter that characterized the sport. Our sincere condolences to your loved ones. Rest in peace. Those who take the lives of Ecuadorians will not go unpunished. We will act vigorously.’
Ecuador’s Olympic Committee said in a statement that the circumstances surrounding the death “have not yet been clarified.”
Quinonez qualified for the Tokyo Olympics but did not compete after being banned for violating whereabouts rules.
News of the sprinter’s death came on the same day as the funeral of Kenyan runner Agnes Tirop, who died earlier this month.
Ecuador’s President and Ministry of Sports paid tribute to Quinonez after he was assassinated