After a gruelling two days in the men’s decathlon, Canada’s Damian Warner has come out on top of the podium, finally achieving his dream of Olympic gold. This marks Canada’s first-ever gold medal in the decathlon. Warner finished fifth in 2012 and achieved bronze at Rio 2016.
Warner scored 9,018 points over the 10 events, which sets a new Canadian record for the decathlon. He is only the fourth decathlete in history to exceed 9,000 points – the others are world record-holder Kevin Mayer (who earned the silver medal today in Tokyo) with 9,126, 2012 and 2016 gold medallist Ashton Eaton with 9,045 and former world record holder Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic, with 9,026.
The 31-year-old has been in the best form of his life in 2021, setting a personal best and Canadian record of 8,995 points in Götzis, Austria two months before the Olympics. Warner has carried on his impressive form to earn him this Olympic gold.
Warner’s results (in order of events):
Day 1: 100m: 10.12 (PB); long jump: 8.24m (Olympic best); shot put: 14.80m (SB); high jump: 2.04m; 400m: 47.48 (SB)
Day 2: 110m hurdles: 13.46 (Olympic best); discus throw: 48.67m; pole vault: 4.90m (PB); javelin throw: 63.44m (SB); and 1,500m: 4:31
Damian Warner throws a season-best 63.44 metres in the decathlon javelin throw, earning 790 more points. That gives him a total score of 8280 points, heading into the decathlon finale: the 1,500 metres.#ExperienceGreatness #Athletics #TeamCanada pic.twitter.com/XcEck8PxcW
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Pierce LePage had a memorable performance in his Olympic debut, finishing in fifth place. The Commonwealth Games silver medallist held a podium position through eight events and lowered his 1,500m PB by a pretty astonishing 17 seconds, but Kevin Mayer of France threw for a personal best 73.09m in the javelin to propel himself into the silver medal position.
Australian Ashley Moloney finished in the bronze medal position in his debut Olympics, pulled to third in the final event by his older teammate, Cedric Dubler, who knew he was well out of medal contention but rallied to pace the newcomer to the time he needed in the 1,500 to cement the podium position.