Ecuador’s Olympic sprinter Alex Quinonez shot useless

Officials mourn Quinonez’s homicide which comes as violence spiked dramatically in Ecuador in current months.

Ecuadorian Olympic sprinter Alex Quinonez has been shot useless within the port metropolis of Guayaquil.

Quinonez, 32, and one other individual have been discovered useless near midnight (05:00 GMT) on Friday, in keeping with police, with the killing sparking an outpouring of grief in a rustic struggling to include a surge in violence.

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

“Those who take the lives of Ecuadoreans will not remain unpunished. We will act with force,” Lasso tweeted.

“No one will rest until @PoliciaEcuador captures the culprits. We are facing a war against drug gangs that intend to subdue us,” Pablo Arosemena, the governor of Guayas province, whose capital is Guayaquil, mentioned on Twitter.

The nation’s sports activities ministry confirmed Quinonez’s killing on Twitter, paying tribute to “the greatest sprinter this country produced”.

“We have lost a great sportsman, someone who allowed us to dream, who moved us,” the ministry mentioned.

Jennifer Lugo, spouse of Quiñonez, is seen exterior the morgue in Guayaquil, Ecuador [Fernando Méndez / AFP]

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

He was a finalist within the 2012 London Olympics, reaching seventh place after competing within the semis within the lane subsequent to Usain Bolt.

Quinonez gained bronze within the 200m on the 2019 World Championships in Qatar.

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

“I don’t have words to express the sadness, helplessness and indignation that is overwhelming me,” wrote Andrea Sotomayor, the secretary-general of the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee.

“Alex Quinonez was the synonym of humility and a clear example of resilience. His loss leaves us with pain in our chests.”

Relatives carry the coffin of Ecuadorian athlete Quiñonez at a funeral home in southern Guayaquil, Ecuador [Fernando Méndez / AFP]

A tribute on Sunday will see the athlete’s coffin positioned in a burning chapel in a soccer stadium within the city, mentioned the sports activities ministry.

Quinonez’s killing comes as violence has spiked dramatically in Ecuador in current months.

Between January and October this yr, the nation registered almost 1,900 homicides, in contrast with about 1,400 in all of 2020, in keeping with the federal government.

President Lasso decreed a state of emergency all through the nation final week and is because of final 60 days with the army to take to the streets to patrol and perform searches.

Quinonez was making ready for coaching within the US with a view to his official return to the tracks and eventual participation within the World Athletics Championships in Oregon subsequent yr.

A severe contender for the rostrum on the Tokyo Olympics, Quinonez couldn’t compete on account of a sanction from the International Athletics Federation for not appropriately reporting his whereabouts for out-of-competition anti-doping assessments.