SportsEcuadorian athlete Alex Quiñónez is murdered

Ecuadorian athlete Alex Quiñónez is murdered

Alex Quiñónez, one of the best athletes in the world, was shot to death on Friday night on the streets of the Colinas de la Florida neighborhood in Guayaquil (Ecuador), where he lived. The police are investigating the circumstances, still unclear, of the event, in which a friend of the athlete also died. Ecuador is subject to a curfew due to the increase in crime and the coastal area of ​​Guayas, whose capital is the port city of Guayaquil, is one in which the most violent deaths are registered. According to witnesses, cited by the newspaper The universe, Several subjects wearing suits similar to those of the National Police arrived at the site and fired at two people, one of them Quiñónez.

Quiñónez, 32, a small sprinter (1.76 meters, 65 kilos) with a great ability to maintain speed, was a bronze medalist in the 200 meters at the 2019 World Cup in Doha, the year in which he was also Pan American champion. of the distance in Lima and in which he achieved, in the Diamond League of Lausanne, his best mark in the distance, 19.87s. He was part of the Barcelona Football Club athletics team and regularly participated in the Spanish club championships.

Born in Esmeraldas, also on the coast, north of Guayaquil, Quiñónez left athletics for a while after being an Olympic finalist in London 2012 (he finished seventh). He returned to discipline and intense work in 2017, hand in hand with the Cuban coach established in Quito Nelson Gutiérrez, also coach of the Colombian Cuatrocentista Anthony Zambrano, who set him the goal of improving the start, strengthening his muscles and descending from 19.80s to aspire to a medal in the Tokyo Games, in which, finally, he could not participate.

“They are God’s tests, we have to accept them”, was his comment of resignation in the Olympic Village of the Japanese capital when, at the beginning of the Games, his representative, the Spanish Alberto Suárez, informed Quiñónez that the Court of Arbitration for Sports (TAS ) had denied him a precautionary suspension of the one-year sanction imposed on him a few weeks earlier by the international athletics federation for failing to correctly notify his whereabouts for out-of-competition anti-doping controls in May. The error was assumed by his representative, who was in charge of updating the notifications, which earned him the reduction to one year of the planned sanction of two, but not the complete forgiveness.

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