World 200 metres bronze medallist, Alex Quinonez has been killed in Ecuador, his house nation.
The 32-year-old completed third on the World Championships in Doha two years in the past to develop into the primary Ecuadorian athlete to win a worldwide medal in a observe occasion.
According to the BBC, Quinonez was shot together with one other particular person outdoors a buying centre within the metropolis of Guayaquil on Friday evening October 22.
The Ecuadorian sports activities ministry introduced the information in an announcement on its Twitter feed, saying: ‘Today we misplaced an awesome athlete, an individual who made us dream, who made us excited.’
‘The National Police are on the scene and the authorities are conducting the corresponding investigations. He will ceaselessly stay within the hearts of all Ecuadorians,’ it added.
Ecuador’s president Guillermo Lasso tweeted: ‘We are very sorry for the painful lack of Alex Quinonez, father, son, an awesome sprinter who marked the game. Our sincerest condolences to your family members. Rest in peace. Those who take the lives of Ecuadorians is not going to go unpunished. We will act forcefully.’
Ecuador’s Olympic Committee stated in an announcement that the circumstances surrounding the loss of life had ‘not but been clarified’.
Quinonez certified for the Tokyo Olympic Games however didn’t compete after being suspended for breaching the whereabouts guidelines.
News of the sprinter’s loss of life got here on the identical day because the funeral of Kenyan distance star Agnes Tirop, who was killed earlier this month