Fri, September 20, 2013

Olympic sprinter surprises boy on radio

By QMI Agency


Canada's Justyn Warner crosses the finish line of the men's 4x100m relay final at the London Olympics. Canada finished third, but were disqualified after Jared Connaughton stepped out of his lane. (Al Charest/QMI Agency)


Just one day after a Newfoundland and Labrador boy made headlines for sending his Timbits soccer medal to the Canadian men's relay team denied bronze at the London Olympics, the sprinter who ran the anchor leg of the relay race surprised the boy on local radio.

Elijah Porter, 10, sent his medal to the team who thought they'd won the bronze medal only to be disqualified from the race minutes later.

Justyn Warner, the athlete who ran the anchor leg of the relay, tweeted a photo of the letter and medal to his followers Tuesday.

But on Wednesday, it was Elijah's turn to be surprised. The boy was scheduled to be a guest on St. John's radio station K-Rock 97.5. Warner and the radio station conspired to have him join Elijah.

"In Germany & about to go LIVE on @975krock in Newfoundland to surprise Elijah Porter!!" Warner tweeted early Wednesday morning.

After the two spoke on air, Warner took to Twitter to say how much the boy's gesture meant to him.

"Thanks @975krock, Elijah had me near to tears again, what a sweet kid who was just trying to make us feel better after we were heartbroken," he tweeted. "This is why I run. To inspire."