Ecuadorian sprinter Alex Quinonez was shot and killed in the port city of Guayaquil. The police gave this information on Saturday.

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Quinonez, who was 32, became a national hero in 2012 when he reached the final of the 200 meters at the London Games, finishing seventh in a race won by Usain Bolt.

Guayaquil-based newspaper El Universo reported that Quinones was fatally shot on a street in the north-west section of the city at around 9:20 pm on Friday and another person was also killed.


There were no immediate reports of arrests.

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Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso vowed in a statement on Saturday that “the murder will not be punished.”

Quinonez’s death was also confirmed by the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee in a statement on Saturday. It said the circumstances of his death “have not yet been clarified.”

Quinonez won a bronze medal in the 200 at the 2019 World Championships in Doha.

Andrea Sotomayor, the secretary general of the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee, expressed his sadness and outrage on Twitter, saying, “So evil.”

Sotomayor, formerly the sports minister, wrote, “I have no words to express the sadness, helplessness and outrage that overwhelms me.” “Alex Quinonez was synonymous with humility and a clear example of resilience. His loss leaves us with pain in our chests.”

Guayaquil and other parts of Ecuador are battling high levels of crime. This month, Lasso decreed a state of emergency in Ecuador to combat drug trafficking and other crimes, saying the military and police would take to the streets to provide security.

This year, drug violence has led to rebellions in the country’s prisons, most notably in Guayaquil, which culminated in massacres by prisoners from rival gangs linked to Mexican drug cartels. About 230 people have died in those complexes.