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Damian Warner wins his sixth straight decathlon title at Götzis

Canada's Olympic decathlon champion is the G.O.A.T of the Götzis Hypo-Meet

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Canada’s Olympic decathlon champion Damian Warner won his sixth straight victory at the two-day annual combined events festival in Götzis, Austria on May 28 and 29.

The 32-year-old from London, Ont., finished with 8,797 points at the end of ten events to beat Grenada’s Lindon Victor by 350 points to win.

Warner sat in second place at the end of the first day, two points behind Simon Ehammer of Switzerland. Ehammer jumped to a world-leading mark in 2022, which also resulted in a national record of 8.45 metres.

The Olympic champion pulled ahead on day two, running close to his personal best in the 110m hurdles (13.48s) and equalling his best in the pole vault at 4.90m. Ehammer ended up finishing third, setting a Swiss national record of 8377 points.

Warner’s other marks included 100m 10.14, long jump 7.93m, shot 15.34m, high jump 2.03m, 400m 47.92, discus 48.24, javelin 58.62m and 1,500m 4:38.65.

Damian Warner
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His win marked his seventh victory at the event, winning seven of the last nine years. Warner holds the record for most victories at Götzis with seven.

In March, Warner won his first world indoor championship, beating Ehammer by 126 points in the seven-event heptathlon. Warner’s eyes are set on the 2022 World Championships in Eugene, Ore., as it’s the only gold medal missing from his illustrious career.

Fellow Canadian decathlete Pierce LePage only made it through two events on Saturday before dropping out of the competition. LePage finished second to Warner at this meet last year.