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Damian Warner wins IAAF World Indoor Championships silver in thrilling finish

The Canadian finished just five points back of Kevin Mayer of France in a tight finish in the heptathlon 1,000m

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Damian Warner’s bid for world indoor championship gold fell just short on Saturday in the closing event of the men’s heptathlon.

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The Canadian needed to beat France’s Kevin Mayer by 3.13 seconds in the 1,000m, the seventh and final event of the heptathlon, to win IAAF World Indoor Championships gold. In the end, Warner won the 1,000m but finished 2.52 seconds ahead of Mayer as the Frenchman held on for victory. Warner set a Canadian record to win silver, a mere five points behind Mayer in the final standings.

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Warner finished with 6,343 points based on his performance in seven events, 60m, long jump, shot put, high jump, 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m. Mayer, thanks in part to his leaning finish in the 1,000m, was able to secure gold with a final tally of 6,348 points.

Normally, male combined events athletes contest the decathlon, which is comprised of 10 events. Indoors however the heptathlon is considered the equivalent.

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The four-day IAAF World Indoor Championships conclude Sunday in Birmingham, U.K.