- Ecuadorian sprinter Alex Quinonez has been murdered in his home country
- The 32-year-old was reportedly shot on Friday night along with another man
- Quinonez won the bronze medal in the 200m at the 2019 World Championships in Doha
- Kenyan distance star Agnes Tirope was killed in her home earlier this month
World 200m bronze medalist 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 and became the first Ecuadorian athlete to win a global medal in the track event.
According to BBCQuinonez was shot with another man on Friday night outside a shopping center in the city of Guayaquil.
Announcing the news in a statement on its Twitter feed, Ecuador’s Ministry of Sports said: ‘Today we lost a great athlete, a man who made us dream, who excites us.’
‘National Police is on the spot and the authorities are conducting the relevant investigation. He will always be in the hearts of all Ecuadorians.’
Alex Quinonez was reportedly shot dead in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil on Friday
The 32-year-old won a bronze medal in the 200m at the 2019 World Championships in Doha
Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso tweeted: ‘We are deeply sorry for the painful loss of the great sprinter, father, son, Alex Quinonez, who marked the sport. Our heartfelt condolences to your loved ones. rip in peace. Those who killed the people of Ecuador will not be punished. We will take coercive action.
Ecuador’s Olympic Committee said in a statement that the circumstances surrounding the death were “not yet clarified”.
Quinonez qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games but did not compete after being suspended for violating whereabouts rules.
News of the sprinter’s death came on the same day as the funeral of Kenyan distance star Agnes Tirope, who was killed earlier this month.
Ecuador’s President and Sports Ministry Pay Tribute to Quinonez After Assassination