FC Barcelona mourns the death of athlete Álex Quiñonez

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FC Barcelona is in mourning following the tragic death of Alex Quiñonez, who was gunned down on Friday in his hometown of Guayaquil, Ecuador. The 32-year-old sprinter made history for Barça and his country by winning bronze in the 200m in the Doha World Championships in Athletics in 2019, after becoming the first Ecuadorian finalist in the London Olympics in 2012.

According to the Ecuadorian newspaper El Comercio, Quiñonez was killed in Florida Colinas, northeast of Guayaquil, with the person accompanying him. Witnesses say they were approached by a white van and the attackers were disguised as police officers, who made several “arrests” before fleeing to an unknown destination. The events occurred amid the state of emergency across the country decreed by President Guillermo Laso Monday in response to severe epidemics of delinquency across the South American nation.

Last victory at blaugrana

Álex Quiñonez had been an FC Barcelona athlete for three years since 2018. Vicente Egido, technical director of Barca’s athletics section, said that “the whole athletics community is shocked by this news. Álex was a great person and truly a Barca man, and one who was very committed to the competition and the fun of competing for Barca. “

Quiñonez’s last event for the club was the 200m in the Honorary Division of the Clubs League in Alicante last June, a test he won.

PHOTO: Real Federación Española de Atletismo


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