Island sprinter Jared Connaughton says watching Canada's relay team win a bronze medal over the weekend was "bittersweet."

It was one year ago, at the London Olympics, that the New Haven, P.E.I. sprinter stepped out of his lane during the Olympics. Canada was disqualified after winning bronze.

On Sunday Canada found itself on the other side of a challenge, and it won.

In Moscow, Canada's 4 x 100 team said Great Britain completed their second baton exchange well outside the zone.


Jared Connaughton apologized for Team Canada's disqualification durint he London Olympics. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

The Canadians won bronze after Great Britain was disqualified.

Connaughton was not with his teammates, he was home in Texas recovering from an injury he incurred during a relay team training camp.

The runner was unable to recover in time to occupy his spot on the team.

"It’s a wonderful thing because I am tightly knit with those guys. But it is bittersweet for me not to be there. And to not have the opportunity to stand on the podium that I so sorely missed out on 2012," said Connaughton.

"You know I earned my sport, I just never, you know, never foresaw being injured."  

Connaughton said he was most happy for Justyn Warner and Gavin Smellie, his two teammates from the Olympics.

He said he is continuing to train for the Commonwealth games, and for the 2016 Olympics.