Fri, September 20, 2013

Fastest run not enough for Canadian sprinter

By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency


Canadian Justyn Warner of North York, Ontario competes in the Men's 100m semi-finals at Olympic Stadium during the London 2012 Olympic games. Sunday August 5, 2012. AL CHAREST/QMI AGENCY

TORONTO - He ran alongside the fastest men in the world for two days and ran the 100 metres swifter than he ever has in his life.

But Canadian Justyn Warner isn’t world class yet and had to settle with watching the final like millions of others around the globe — as a spectator.

Warner equalled the 10.09 personal best he ran in Saturday’s preliminary round as he was fifth in third semifinal. It wasn’t fast enough for him to move on, though.

“I didn’t run as well as I wanted to, I didn’t get a good start,” Warner said. “I try not to beat myself too much about it. I’m taking the positives. Two PBs. Two 10.09s. It’s just kind of disappointing it didn’t come out the way I wanted it to.”

Before his semi, Warner predicted he would need to go under 10 seconds and he wasn’t far off with 10.02 the final qualifying position for the eight-man final.

“I’m more than capable of doing it,” said Warner, who became the fifth fastest Canadian all-time over the distance. “I just didn’t execute.

“It was exciting, the whole experience. I look forward to coming back for Rio (in four years.) My plan is to get on the podium and I think I’ll be more than ready to do that.