A boy from Newfoundland is trying to make the Canadian men’s 4×100 metre relay team feel a little better about their devastating disqualification at London 2012 that cost them a bronze medal.
Elijah Porter, 10, wrote to the team and sent them his own Timbits hockey medal to take its place.
Sprinter Justyn Warner tweeted a picture of the medal and handwritten letter on Monday.
The letter states: “We’re Canadians. We persevere. We create better lives for each other. We didn’t lose the War of 1812. I hope you like the medal.”
On Saturday, Jared Connaughton, made contact with the inside lane marking, as he rounded the curve before handing the baton to anchor man Justyn Warner. As the Canadians celebrated their apparent Bronze medal victory on the track, grabbing flags and beginning a celebratory lap, the scoreboard read “Canada DQ”. The devastation was immediate as they dropped to their knees rubbing their eyes in disbelief and weeping at the result.
Hopefully this symbolic gesture by young Elijah Porter will help them raise their spirits after a heartbreaking result.