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Olympic sprinter shot dead in Ecuador as country struggles with surge in violence

Olympic sprinter Alex Quinonez has been shot dead in his home country of Ecuador as the nation struggles with a surge in violence.

The 32-year-old was found dead by police at midnight local time on Friday along with another person.


The country’s sports ministry paid tribute to the sprinter’s death, stating, “We have lost a great sportsman, someone who allowed us to dream, who moved us,”.

Quinonez had held the record for Ecuador’s 200-metre sprint with a time of 19.87 seconds.

He was also the finalist in the 2012 London Olympics and achieved seventh place in the semis next to Usain Bolt.


Ecuador’s Olympic Committee said that Quinonez’s death “leaves us with profound pain” and that his “legacy will always stay in our hearts”.

His body is due to return to his hometown Esmereldas and a tribute will see his coffin placed in a burning chapel in the town’s football stadium.

Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso stated that “those who take the lives of Ecuadoreans will not remain unpunished”. He added that “We will act with force,”.

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