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Damian Warner wins elusive heptathlon gold in Canadian record effort at indoor worlds – CBC Sports

Damian Warner is a first-time world athletics indoor champion

The London, Ont., native placed third in the men’s 1,000 metres, the final event of the heptathlon in Belgrade, Serbia, to overtake Simon Ehammer of Switzerland for his first title in three world indoor appearances.

Warner is the season world leader with 6,489 points, which exceeds his Canadian record by 146 points. The 32-year-old finished second by five points behind 2018 winner Kevin Mayer of France and was seventh in 2014.

“I’m going [to Serbia] to win,” Warner, the reigning Olympic decathlon champion, told CBC Sports recently. “It won’t be easy, but it never is. You want to get a personal best and winning would be icing on the cake. You also want to see that you’re in good shape.”

WATCH | Warner places 3rd in 1,000 metres to secure heptathlon title:

Damian Warner clinches heptathlon gold with 3rd place in 1,000m

The Canadian claimed the World Indoor Championships title with 6489 points in Belgrade. 9:10

Warner clocked two minutes 39.32 seconds in the 1,000, 2.20 seconds behind his 2:37.12 personal best from 2018 world indoors. Ehammer was ninth of 10 runners in Saturday’s 1,000 in a season-best 2:53.54. He posted a 2:51.14 PB in February 2020.

Ehammer finished with 6,363 points to set a Swiss record and battled Warner from the start of the seven-event competition on Friday.

Ashley Moloney of Australia, the 2020 Olympic bronze medallist in the decathlon, earned another bronze on Saturday with 6,344 points.

Sets 7.61-second PB in 60-metre hurdles

Before world indoors, Warner suggested he might surprise himself with a strong performance in the 1,000.

“I’m still fast,” he said, “and I know I’m in good shape and healthy, so anything’s possible.”

WATCH | Warner wins 60-metre hurdles to begin his Saturday:

Damian Warner races to 1st in 60m hurdles at World Athletics Indoor Championships

London, Ont. native Damian Warner scored a 7.61 to finish atop the leaderboard in the men’s 60-metre hurdles competition. The event, part of a heptathlon, occurred during Day 2 of the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. 2:47

The Canadian opened Saturday’s action with a 7.61-second victory and personal best in the men’s 60-metre hurdles for a 38-point lead over Ehammer before watching his opponent clear 5.10 metres in pole vault to take a 23-point advantage into the final event. Warner’s best in the pole vault was 4.90.

Mayer didn’t compete this weekend, having withdrawn earlier this month due to Achilles problems that worsened after contracting coronavirus in January, which followed his second vaccine shot last September.

Seven months ago, Warner won gold at the Summer Games for the first time with an Olympic record 9,018 points to defeat Mayer (8,726).

I’m headed in the right direction with the steps we’ve taken this year from a technical standpoint and training-wise.— Canadian heptathlete Damian Warner

In mid-February, Warner was in a funk at practice and told his coach, Gar Leyshon, he felt “terrible” and “not ready” to compete at world indoors. But coach Dennis Nielsen, longtime physiotherapist Dave Zelibka and sports psychologist Jean Francois Menard rallied around him, telling Warner he was in better physical condition than he thought.

“I think there’s still a little bit of that …….

Source: https://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/summer/trackandfield/warner-world-athletics-indoors-roundup-canada-march19-1.6390990

Damian Warner is a first-time world athletics indoor champion

The London, Ont., native placed third in the men’s 1,000 metres, the final event of the heptathlon in Belgrade, Serbia, to overtake Simon Ehammer of Switzerland for his first title in three world indoor appearances.

Warner is the season world leader with 6,489 points, which exceeds his Canadian record by 146 points. The 32-year-old finished second by five points behind 2018 winner Kevin Mayer of France and was seventh in 2014.

“I’m going [to Serbia] to win,” Warner, the reigning Olympic decathlon champion, told CBC Sports recently. “It won’t be easy, but it never is. You want to get a personal best and…….

Damian Warner is a first-time world athletics indoor champion

The London, Ont., native placed third in the men’s 1,000 metres, the final event of the heptathlon in Belgrade, Serbia, to overtake Simon Ehammer of Switzerland for his first title in three world indoor appearances.

Warner is the season world leader with 6,489 points, which exceeds his Canadian record by 146 points. The 32-year-old finished second by five points behind 2018 winner Kevin Mayer of France and was seventh in 2014.

“I’m going [to Serbia] to win,” Warner, the reigning Olympic decathlon champion, told CBC Sports recently. “It won’t be easy, but it never is. You want to get a personal best and…….

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