Heartbreak on the track
LONDON - Canada has been disqualified from the final of the men's 4x100-metre relay at the London Olympics after initially appearing to win the bronze medal.
The team of Gavin Smellie of Brampton, Ont., Ottawa's Oluseyi Smith, Jared Connaughton of New Haven, P.E.I., and anchor Justyn Warner of Markham, Ont., brought out the Maple Leaf to celebrate after posting a time of 38.07 seconds.
But the team was disqualified after it appeared Connaughton stepped out of his lane.
The DQ gave the bronze to Trinidad and Tobago, leaving the Canadians doubled over on the track in tears.
Minutes after the disqualification, Athletics Canada tweeted the following:
We are appealing the DQ, it's now in the hands of the jury.
That was followed 16 minutes later by the following tweet from Athletics Canada:
The appeal has been rejected. The decision made by the official on the track stands.
Jamaica won gold in a world-record time of 36.84 seconds. The United States took silver in 37.04.