Warner wins silver at Pan Am junior track event

Justyn Warner broke the Canadian junior record and won a silver medal in the men's 100-metre dash Saturday at the Pan American junior track and field championships in Windsor, Ont.

Carline Muir of Weston, Ont., also won silver in the 400 on Saturday.

After two days, Canada has one gold, two silver and four bronze at the competition, which has attracted a record 38 countries.

In the men's 100-metre dash, James Samuels of the U.S. took the gold in 10.20, which equalled a meet record. Warner, from Etobicoke, Ont., was second in 10.26, which eclipsed the previous national junior mark of 10.30 set by Carlton Chambers in 1994.

Ribeiro Rafael Da Silva of Brazil took third in 10.33.

"I had an amazing start and finish to the race," said Warner. "I knew James was there but I didn't think about it. When I run, I don't think about anything, I just go. I'm so excited, this is my first international medal."

The competition is being held at the new University of Windsor stadium which seats 5,000.

"The track here in Windsor is so fast," added Warner. "I can feel it in my spring. I had knee surgery a year ago, and I used that time to recover and to build up confidence for my comeback."

In the women's 400, Natasha Hastings of the U.S., took the gold in 52.15, Muir followed in a personal best 52.38 and Sonita Sutherland of Jamaica was third in 52.68.

"It was really good. I'm really happy about the result," said Muir. "I was trying to beat my personal best all year, so I feel wonderful and really happy. It's an amazing feeling. I wanted to come in first, but second is good."

One of the most anticipated events was the men's high jump. World junior champion Mike Mason of Nanoose Bay, B.C., placed fifth at 2.10 metres and Michael McCorquindale of Calgary was eighth. Dustin Jonas of the U.S., won at 2.21 metres.

Competition ends Sunday.

courtesy Canadian Sport News