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Olympic sprint star shot and killed in Ecuador

Olympic sprinter Alex Quinonez has been killed in his home city of Guayaquil.

The death was confirmed by Roberto Ibáñez, president of the Guayas Sports Federation, through his social media account twitter.

“My heart is totally shattered, I can’t find words to describe the emptiness I feel,” said Ibáñez.

“Rest in peace dear Alex, I will miss you all my life.”

The Ecuador Olympic Committee would his passing also.

According to reports Quinonez, 32, was shot dead by unknown persons on Friday alongside a friend, outside a shopping centre in Colinas de la Florida, in Guayaquil. A police investigation into the tragedy is currently ongoing.

The Ecuadorian sprinter competed in 100m and 200m.

At the London 2012 Olympics, he clocked a national record of 20.28 seconds in the heats and went on to finish seventh in the final.

Quinonez won broze at the 2019 World Championships in Qatar, behind Noah Lyles of the United States, and Andre De Grasse of Canada.

 

Ferdinand Omanyala writes history again

Kenya’s 100m wonder boy, Ferdinand Omanyala wrote another history as he set a new national record after running the distance in less than 10 seconds.

Omanyala who is fresh from Tokyo Olympics, beat his own previous record of 10.00 seconds. When he ran in an Austria meet

Not only does he become the first Kenya to dip in under 10 seconds, he also joins an elite group of sprinters including the world’s fastest human Usain Bolt, Noah Lyles et al, to achieve that feat.

Having taken up athletics in 2016, Omanyala had taken a huge risk as he decided to abandon his rugby prospects despite having the physique for the sport. But that now looks like a risk that is paying off and thanks to his coach Duncan Ayiemba, he was able to concentrate in sprints.

His career took a minor setback in 2017 after he was sanctioned by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) on doping allegations which resulted in him being slapped with one year suspension.

Andre De Grasse beats Noah Lyles to take gold in 200m race

Canada’s Andre De Grasse added gold to a groaning collection of minor medals with victory in the 200 metres at the Tokyo Olympics games.

De Grasse, operating in the considerable shadow of Usain Bolt for most of his career, had won six bronze and two silver medals from global individual races and relays, but has been on fire in Tokyo.

Showing perfect judgement he ran down leader Noah Lyles to win in a Canadian record of 19.62 seconds to make him the eighth-fastest man of all time over the distance.

“In 2016 I was a kid and inexperienced but now I have so many expectations to come away with medals,” said 26-year-old De Grasse, who won silver behind Bolt in the 200m in Rio.

“I wanted to show the world all my injuries are behind me and I can bring home a gold medal.”

Kenneth Bednarek from USA came in second to take silver in 19.68 while the race Favorite and defending Noah Lyles also from USA crossed the line in third place in a time of 19.74 seconds.

Top Stars Confirmed To Compete at Weltklasse Zürich

Many international athletics top stars have already signed up for Weltklasse Zürich 2018. The meeting on 30

August will be another exciting showdown of the sport’s finest athletes

Fastest Man of the Year to Race in the 200m

The world sprint giants will clash in the 200m in Zurich this year. The fastest man of the year, Noah Lyles (USA), is out to pick up a second Diamond Trophy. His opponents in Zurich will include World and European champion Ramil Guliyev (TUR) and the Swiss national record holder and European championship bronze medallist Alex Wilson. Lyles, still only 21 years old, has already clocked 19.65 this year. He has not yet qualified for the 100m final in Brussels, however. The second sprint final will be staged at the IAAF Diamond League final event in Brussels on 31 August.

Shot Putters to Flex their Muscles in Zurich

Walsh, Crouser, Hill, Romani, Haratyk, Storl, Stanek, Whiting. The entry list in the men’s shot put reveals a cast of Olympic, world, and European champions and medallists. European champion Michal Haratyk (POL) will challenge world leader Tomas Walsh (NZL) and Ryan Crouser (USA). They will treat the Zurich fans to a competition on an extraordinary level.

Swiss Stars in the International Programme of Events

Athletics has been on the rise in Switzerland and has produced a number of stars who will be part of this year’s international programme. Angelica MOSER (pole vault), Géraldine RUCKSTUHL (javelin throw), Benjamin GFÖHLER (long jump), Alex WILSON (200m), Mujinga KAMBUNDJI (100m), Lea SPRUNGER (400m h) and Selina BÜCHEL (800m) will no doubt be enjoying the legendary support of the Letzigrund Stadium fans.

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Gatlin, Coleman to miss U.S. championships, World Cup

World sprint champions Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman will miss next week’s U.S. championships and as a result will not be eligible for track and field’s new premier event, the Athletics World Cup in London in July, officials tell Reuters.

The decisions, especially rising star Coleman’s, come at a time the World Cup, an eight-nation showdown, is seeking to bring new energy to the sport in a year when there is no world outdoor championship and Usain Bolt is no longer competing.

Managers for 100 meters winner Gatlin and Coleman, the world indoor 60m champion and record holder, both told Reuters their clients would not run in the American meeting, scheduled Thursday through Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa.

That makes them and any other athlete who misses the championships ineligible for the U.S. World Cup team, according to Duffy Mahoney, USA Track & Field’s chief of sport performance.

“It is quite simple,” Mahoney said in an email to Reuters. “The highest placing finisher in each event at the 2018 USATF Senior Championships – who elects to compete – will select themselves for a position on the U.S. Team.”

Gatlin’s manager, Renaldo Nehemiah, said “there was no real incentive” for the 36-year-old sprinter to run in Iowa since there would be no world championship and not having extra races would cut down on the sprinter’s wear and tear going into the 2019 world championships and 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Coleman manager Emanuel Hudson, in a text message, said, “Coleman is not at nationals.”

The world 100m silver medalist has been injured but is expected to return for the June 30 Paris Diamond League meeting.

Olympic 400m hurdles gold medalist Dalilah Muhammad also will not be at the championships, Hudson wrote.

“So according to what you sent (Mahoney’s statement), they wouldn’t be eligible for World Cup,” he added.

TOP TEAMS

Despite their absence and perhaps others, “USATF looks forward to having the world’s best national track & field championship next week in Des Moines, and to fielding the top team for the World Cup,” spokesperson Jill Geer said.

The World Cup, scheduled for July 14-15, will bring together teams from the United States, Jamaica, China, France, Germany, Britain, South Africa and Poland.

Track events from 100 through 1,500 meters, plus hurdles races and 4×100 and 4×400 meter relays, will be contested along with eight field events.

Each nation will have one competitor per event.

Without Gatlin or Coleman, the World Cup likely will look to Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, the year’s fastest at 100m, or emerging talent from the U.S. and Jamaican championships for its new sprint king.

World indoor bronze medalist Ronnie Baker and new 200m sensation Noah Lyles are set for a 100m showdown at the American meeting with Michael Norman, the year’s top 400 meters runner, contesting the 200.

Teenager Sydney McLaughlin will be launching her professional career in the 400 meters hurdles, where she is 2018’s fastest.

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