Not only did Damien Warner become the first Canadian to win an Olympic gold medal in the decathlon, but he confidently achieved the feat, scoring 9,018 points, something only three other athletes from around the world had achieved before him. Another great story of Canada at the Tokyo Games.
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At the end of the 10 events over two days, Warner inherited the unofficial title of Athlete of the Games, a male usually awarded to emphasize the great diversity of the athletes.
The London Ontarian’s performance is simply amazing. His 9,018 points make up an Olympic record and the fifth best result in history, all events combined.
By passing, he set himself world records in his specialty over 100 m (10.12 s), as well as Olympic records in 100 m hurdles (13.46 s) and in the long jump (8.24 m.).
“That’s crazy! When I was in the sixth grade, I wrote a project for school saying I’d be in the Olympics one day. Who would have thought I’d be a gold medalist?”
Warner took the lead in the first decathlon event by setting his record 100m. He never gave up his lead, as he finished in the cumulative ranking of events ahead of Frenchman Kevin Mayer (8726 points) and Australian Ashley Moloney (8649 points).
In the 1500m final, Warner practically had the gold medal in his pocket, unless disaster struck.
He was content to slip into the peloton before gaining speed on the last lap, hoping to finish fifth and cross the symbolic 9,000-point bar allotted to the sport’s biggest.
“When I got to about 1200m, I was three seconds behind the speed I wanted to be. I said to myself: If you want 9,000 points, it’s time! I gave it my all,” said the 31-year-old victor, who also became the oldest medalist. Gold in the history of games in the decathlon, “She wasn’t pretty, but she got the job done.”
His rival Kevin Mayer, the world decathlon record holder with 9126 points, in 2018, praised the Canadian.
“For 10 years, I have been telling myself that he can win every big event. He did it today and I am proud of him,” he praised.
Nothing predestined Warner for such a fate. Growing up in a rough area of London, he was wandering aimlessly through his high school when he was noticed by two teachers (Denis Nielsen and Jar Lechon), who later became his coaches.
He was first recruited to the basketball team before discovering athletics.
In 2012, he stunned Warner by finishing fifth at the London Olympics, before doing better in 2016 in Rio with bronze.
But at the Games as at the World Championships, gold continued to elude it all the way to Tokyo.
“Being here, winning the gold medal and scoring 9,000 points, I couldn’t ask for anything else,” summed up my new Olympic darling.
Warner became the only sprinter in Canada to win two Olympic medals.
Another Canadian, Whitby’s Pierce Lepage, closed the competition in fifth place with a best 8,604 points on his debut at the Games.
► Before Warner in 2016 and on Thursday, the only decathlon medalist in Canada was David Stein, who won the bronze medal in Seoul in 1988.
A test for everyone Trials
Decathlon is one of the most demanding competitions in gaming and yet many people ignore the extraordinary effort this event requires. The ten events, held over just two days, revealed exceptional athletes among whom Damian Warner was the King of the Mountains.
This system includes 10 athletics events, four competitions, three jumps, and three throws. Each performance leads to a certain number of points according to an official scale for each event. The final ranking is determined by the cumulative points of each Deca.
On the first day, participants completed the 100m run, the long jump, the shot put, the high jump and the 400m.
The second day is dedicated to the 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500m, which takes on the air a real torture session after a lot of accumulated effort.
Thus, the winner is not a specialist in one discipline, but must excel in all of them.
In 1901 the discipline was approved by the International Olympic Committee. The first Olympic events were held in 1904, in St. Louis, but it was only in 1912 that decathlon was officially incorporated into the Games in Stockholm.
Decathlon has traditionally been practiced by men. But since 2004, some decathlons have been legalized by the IAAF. Instead, women’s heptathlons practice in major international events, a competition that combines seven events.
For Quebecers who experienced the Olympics in Montreal, the decathlon is still tied to the performance of American athlete Bruce Jenner in 1976.
Jenner won the gold medal, setting a world record with 8,618 points. At that time he was an indomitable decathlon, setting a third world record in a year and a half.
In 2015, Jenner made headlines by announcing her gender change. A trans woman, she is now better known by her first name Caitlyn.
1He is | 100 meters*
10.12 seconds | 1066 points
* The world record in decathlon
1He is | long jump
8,24 m | 1123 points
11NS | Shot
14.8 m | 777 points
8NS | high jump
2.02 AD | 822 points
3NS | 400 meters
47.48 seconds | 934 points
the second day
first | Hedge 110 meters *
13.46 seconds | 1045 points
* Olympic record
3NS | Discus throw
48,67 AD | 843 points
11NS | pole vault
4.9 m | 880 points
7NS | javelin
63.44 AD | 790 points
5NS | 1500 meters
4m 31.08s | 738 points
1 Kevin Mayer (France) | 9126 points
Talence, September 16, 2018
2 Ashton Eaton (US) | 9045 points
Beijing, August 29, 2015
3 Ashton Eaton (USA) | 9039 points
Eugene, June 23, 2012
4 roman siberly (Czech Republic) | 9026 points
Gotzes May 27, 2001
5 Damien Warner (Canada) | 9018 points
Tokyo, August 5, 2021
Good start to the series
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In athletics, Andre de Grasse and his 4×100m relay teammates secured their place in the event final by finishing second in the qualifying wave.
After Aaron Brown, Jerome Blake and Brendon Rodney, it was de Grass who finished the baton and, according to his custom, the gold medalist in the 200 meters closed the gap in the sprint.
With a time of 37.92 seconds, the Canadians finished behind the Chinese and ahead of the Italians in their wave.
In the 10-kilometre open water, 23-year-old British Columbian Hau Li Fan finished ninth, three minutes behind German winner Florian Willbrook.
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