Canada wins 4x100-metre bronze thanks to DQ 0
Canada's 4x100-metre relay team Dontae Richards-Kwok (left to right), Gavin Smellie, Aaron Brown and Justyn Warner pose with their bronze medals at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow. (GRIGORY DUKOR/Reuters)
A year and seven days removed from the most disappointing result of their careers, members of Canada’s 4x100-metre relay team had a dramatic change of fortune Sunday.
Finishing fourth in the 4x100m event at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Canada was suddenly vaulted to the podium after third-place Great Britain was disqualified for a changeover violation.
Jamaica and the U.S. won gold and silver, respectively.
It was an amazing turn of events for a Canadian team that saw bronze slip through their fingers just over one year ago at the 2012 London Olympics after being disqualified for a lane violation.
Justyn Warner of Markham, Ont., and Aaron Kingsley Brown, Dontae Richards-Kwok and Gavin Smellie of Toronto ran a time of 37.92 seconds Sunday.
Warner and Smellie also ran in the heartbreaking race in London.
The bronze medal was Canada’s fifth at the event, the most successful in the country’s history at the world championships.