Damian Warner

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Damian Warner
Damian Warner, décathlon, Canada (36180457920).jpg
Warner at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics
Personal information
Born (1989-11-04) November 4, 1989 (age 29)
London, Ontario, Canada
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight83 kg (183 lb)[1]
SportTrack and field
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Decathlon: 8795 NR, 2018
Updated on 3 March 2018.

Damian Warner (born November 4, 1989) is a Canadian athlete, specialising in decathlon and bronze medalist at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Warner previously won silver at the 2015 event and was a bronze medalist at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics. He is the reigning Commonwealth champion from the Glasgow games and the reigning Pan American champion from the games in Toronto. Warner also holds the title to the Pan Am Games record and the Canadian record for the decathlon. Notable for his sprinting, Warner holds decathlon bests in the 100 m and 110 m hurdles, running a 10.15 and 13.44 respectively.


Warner was born on November 4, 1989 in London, Ontario to Kevin Warner, a Black Barbadian, and Brenda Philpott, a White Canadian.[1] He came onto the athletics scene in 2010, when he won silver in the decathlon at the 2010 Canadian championships with a final score of 7449.[2] He continued to improve over the next two years, winning the decathlon in the next two national championships.[3][4] His winning performance of 8107 in the 2012 championships was below the Olympic A qualifying standard of 8200, but in combination with his perceived future potential, he was selected to represent Canada at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[5] Warner placed fifth at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, with a point total of 8442, a jump of 335 points over his previous best score.[6][7]

2013 World Championships[edit]

In his first outing of 2013 Warner won at the high-profile Hypo Meeting with a score of 8307 points, including bests of 2.09 m in the high jump and 62.84 m in the javelin throw.[8] Following this Warner went into the 2013 World Championships in Athletics; after the first day he was in fifth place, but on the second day he tied a personal best in the pole vault and threw a personal best in the javelin to fight his way into the bronze medal position.[9] After achieving his medal he said "This is such a great feeling, all the hard work my coaches and I put into this the last couple of years. In 2011 I finished 18th, saw the three medallists running around the track with their country's flags draped over their shoulders, I told my coaches that I want that to be me, pretty special feeling to achieve that."[9] Warner's final score of 8,512 was a new personal best and was the first time a Canadian reached the podium in the decathlon at the World Championships since Mike Smith in 1995. He ended his 2013 season with a win at the Decastar meeting with a tally of 8161 points.[10]

Commonwealth and Pan Am champion[edit]

The 2014 Commonwealth Games took place in Glasgow, Scotland. There Warner participated in the decathlon winning the event with a score of 8,282.[11] This was Warner's first decathlon of the year as he was sidelined much of the year with an ankle injury. Despite this he ran to a 10.29 in the 100 m, a games record for the decathlon, while also setting a PB in the 400 at 47.68.[12] He finished the second day with a games record in the 100 m hurdles in a time of 13.50.[13]

Warner followed up the next season competing first the prestigious Hypo-Meeting in Götzis, but there he fouled in all three of his shot put attempts resulting in a first disastrous event.[14] The next major event for him were the 2015 Pan American Games taking place on home soil in Toronto. Warner came into the event as the favourite but defied expectations and hinted at his potential by lower the national record and setting the Pan Am Games record at 8,626. This beat Smith's record which had stood since 1996.[15] Warner and Smith equally provided plaudits for each other, with the new record holder saying of Smith and the fan's that "That guy is amazing. There's a reason that record stood for 19 years, and it took a lot to get that, and I'm so thankful for it. Michael Smith is just an amazing athlete and someone I look up to a lot. I'm glad I could be mentioned in the same name as him. I tried to [shake every hand], because when I came to the track today everybody and myself knew that I had to run a fast time in the 1,500 and the whole time, I didn't know how I was on pace, and I just tried to . . . feed off the crowd. Whenever I went down the backstretch and the homestretch I could just hear the crowd going crazy, and I wouldn't have been able to run that time without them and I just wanted to show my thanks in any way possible."[15]

Foregoing the standard rest period between Decathlons Warner went to the 2015 World Championships in Athletics just one month after winning gold in Toronto. He beat his own national record winning a silver medal, while Ashton Eaton set a new world record in the same event. Despite setting the national record and winning silver Warner was disappointed not to break the 8,700 point barrier saying "I know what shape I'm in and I know I'm capable of running fast times, but I wasn't able to do it yesterday. I didn't quite feel as sharp as I did at the Pan Am Games. I didn't have that little extra boost. But I don't regret anything."[16]

2015 World Championships[edit]

Warner (left) running in the 1,500 m at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

At the 2015 World Championships in Athletics Warner finished second winning the silver medal setting a new national record in the process with 8,695 points.[17] Despite finishing with a new national record he was disappointed not to break the 8,700 point barrier falling just five points short after finishing 15 seconds slower than his personal best in the 1,500 m. It is rare for decathletes to have two competitions in the duration of one month. Warner said "I didn't quite feel as sharp as I did at the Pan Am Games. I didn't have that little extra boost. But I don't regret anything."[17]

2016 Summer Olympics[edit]

At the 2016 Olympics decathlon event in Rio de Janeiro, Warner was initially in second place behind Ashton Eaton, but following a surge by France's Kévin Mayer and mediocre performances in the shot put and high jump he dropped to third place by the end of the first day of the events. On the second day, he initially resumed second place overall following a first-place finish in the 100 metre hurdles, but afterwards dropped behind Mayer again. Following the pole vault, he threatened to fall behind Kai Kazmirek, but ultimately saved his third-place position in the javelin throw. He finished in third place behind Eaton and Mayer, earning the bronze medal and becoming the second Canadian to medal in the decathlon, following Dave Steen at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.[18]

2017 World Championships[edit]

Warner competed at the 2017 IAAF World Championships hoping to capitalize on Eaton's retirement. Unfortunately he was forced to be quarantined after coming down with the norovirus that affected many athletes in London that year.[19] Warner struggled on the first day of competition and had to settle for 5th overall.

Personal bests (outdoor)[edit]

As of May 31, 2016[20]
Event Performance Location Date
Decathlon 8,695 Beijing August 29, 2015
100 metres 10.15[a] Götzis May 28, 2016[21]
400 metres 46.54 Athens, Georgia April 30, 2016
1500 metres 4:24.73 Toronto July 23, 2015
110 metres hurdles 13.27 Edmonton July 4, 2015[22]
13.44[a] Toronto July 23, 2015[23]
High jump 2.09 Götzis May 25, 2013
Pole vault 4.90 Bolton, Ontario July 16, 2016
Long jump 8.04 Athens, Georgia April 30, 2016
Shot put 14.74 London, Ontario April 24, 2016
Discus throw 50.26 Santa Barbara March 19, 2016
Javelin throw 64.67 Moscow August 11, 2013
a Decathlon best



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  2. ^ http://www.athleticsvideos.com/Live_Results/2010/Senior_Championships/index-champ.htm
  3. ^ http://www.runnerspace.com/news.php?news_id=19563
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-08. Retrieved 2013-05-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://www.insidehalton.com/sports/olympics/article/1388724
  6. ^ http://www.london2012.com/athletics/event/men-decathlon/index.html?v=20120809-215520343
  7. ^ "Canada's Damian Warner surpasses all expectations to finish fifth in Olympic decathlon". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. August 9, 2012.
  8. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2013-05-26). Canada's Warner and Theisen triumph in Gotzis - IAAF Combined Events Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-05-31.
  9. ^ a b "Canada's Damian Warner wins decathlon bronze at track worlds". CBC Sports. August 11, 2013.
  10. ^ van Kuijen, Hans (2013-09-15). Warner and Melnychenko win in Talence – IAAF Combined Events Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-09-21.
  11. ^ "Damian Warner wins Commonwealth Games decathlon". CBC Sports. July 29, 2014. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  12. ^ "London's Damian Warner breaks records, leads decathlon at Commonwealth Games". London Free Press. July 29, 2014. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  13. ^ Ryan Pyette (July 30, 2014). "Damian Warner wins gold in Commonwealth Games decathlon". London Free Press. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  14. ^ Ryan Pyette (July 6, 2015). "London's Damian Warner is gearing up for the Pan Ams July 22–23". London Free Press. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  15. ^ a b "Damian Warner breaks Canadian, Pan Am decathlon records". CBC Sports. July 23, 2015.
  16. ^ "Damian Warner sets Canadian record, earns silver in decathlon". CBC Sports. August 28, 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-11.
  17. ^ a b "Damian Warner sets Canadian record, earns silver in decathlon". CBC Sports. August 28, 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  18. ^ "Canada's Damian Warner wins decathlon bronze in Rio". The Toronto Star. August 18, 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-23.
  19. ^ Justin Piercy (August 13, 2017). "What we learned at the track & field worlds: Canada went viral (not in a good way)". CBC Sports.
  20. ^ "Damian Warner – IAAF". IAAF. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  21. ^ "Decathlon – 100 Metres". IAAF. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  22. ^ http://results.deltatiming.com/tf/edmonton-2015-canadian-championships/150702F416
  23. ^ "110m Hurdles Results" (PDF). results.toronto2015.org. 23 July 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2015.

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