Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Alex Quinonez of Ecuador the world 200 metres Bronze medalist in Doha 2019. Photo: Mariano Garcia / Alamy Stock Photo

Main News

Ecuador world 200m bronze medalist Quinonez killed

Ecuador sprinter Alex Quinonez, the World Championship bronze medallist, was found dead in his home city at the age of 32.

According to the Ecuadorian Sports Ministry on Saturday, Quinonez was found dead in the street in Guayaquil on Friday.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“With great sadness, we confirm the murder of our sportsman Alex Quinonez,” the Sports Ministry announced on Twitter.

READ MORE: Top results from the 2021 TCS Amsterdam Marathon Results; records fall

“We have lost a great sportsman, someone who allowed us to dream, who moved us….he was the greatest sprinter this country produced.”

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Meanwhile, Guayaquil-based newspaper El Universo said Quinonez and another individual were fatally shot at around 9:20 p.m. on Friday in the northwest part of the city.

The country’s president Guillermo Lasso reacted to the news of the killing of Quinonez, expressing his condolences and noted that the act “will not go unpunished.”

Quinonez finished third in the 200m at the world championships in Doha two years ago, becoming the first Ecuadorian athlete to win a global medal in a track event. He qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games but was suspended in July by the Athletics Integrity Unit for anti-doping whereabouts failures.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

The all-rounded sprinter held national records at every sprint distance: 60m (6.66), 100m (10.09), 200m (19.87) and 400m (46.28), according to the World Athletics.

He will be missed.

“Brother, I cannot believe it’s true,” world and Olympic 400m silver medallist Anthony Zambrano, who is a training partner of Quinonez, said in a social media post.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“We do not deserve this. What awful news. It’s a shame that life is such, but to die one has to be alive. You are great and I will always cherish you in my heart.”

Spanish La Liga football team Barcelona FC held a moment of silence in Quinonez’s honor as he was a member of their athletics team.

The news of Quinonez’s death marks the second killing of an international track athlete this month, following the news that Kenyan 3k world record holder Agnes Tirop was found stabbed to death at her home.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Written By

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Press Releases

Sean Burrell and Christine Mboma will officially go down in the record books after their world U20 marks were finally ratified by World Athletics.


Follow the 2021 Big Sky Cross Country Championships on Friday, Oct. 29 live results and scoring updates. Northern Arizona targets another title.


The Florida Gators track and field program has announced its schedule for the 2022, which includes the annual Pepsi Florida Relays and 6 indoors.

Main News

Photos and results from the 2021 Bank of American Chicago Marathon, which took place on Sunday. Don't forget the Boston Marathon in on Monday!