Warner’s decathlon quest ends, Owens-Delerme takes overall lead – Reuters.com

EUGENE, Ore., July 23 (Reuters) – Olympic champion Damian Warner’s bid for a first decathlon World Championships title ended after the Canadian sustained an apparent hamstring injury running the 400 metres event on Saturday.

Puerto Rico’s Ayden Owens-Delerme clocked a personal best of 45.07 seconds in the 400m, the final event of the opening day of decathlon, to move into the overall lead with 4,606 points.

Warner was leading the competition when he pulled up injured and fell to the Hayward Field track. His withdrawal opened up the field going into the second day of action.

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“I felt my hamstring pull a couple of times,” Warner told CBC Sports. “This competition has been the screensaver on my computer the last couple of years. I had a chance to compete in front of my son and my girlfriend.

“So many helped me get to this point. I feel like I let them down in a way. Very tough pill to swallow at this point and I just have to do whatever I can to come back stronger … And hopefully get myself back on top of the world once again.”

Until last year Warner had spent more than a decade putting his body through the torture of the 10-discipline event, regularly making the podium but never quite getting to the top step.

That changed in Tokyo when he won Olympic gold and he followed up this year with the indoor world title.

At the outdoor World Championships he has a record of 18th, third, second, fifth and third.At 32, he knows there will not be that many more opportunities to win it.

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Source: https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/warner-sets-early-pace-he-seeks-maiden-decathlon-world-title-2022-07-23/

EUGENE, Ore., July 23 (Reuters) – Olympic champion Damian Warner’s bid for a first decathlon World Championships title ended after the Canadian sustained an apparent hamstring injury running the 400 metres event on Saturday.

Puerto Rico’s Ayden Owens-Delerme clocked a personal best of 45.07 seconds in the 400m, the fi…….

EUGENE, Ore., July 23 (Reuters) – Olympic champion Damian Warner’s bid for a first decathlon World Championships title ended after the Canadian sustained an apparent hamstring injury running the 400 metres event on Saturday.

Puerto Rico’s Ayden Owens-Delerme clocked a personal best of 45.07 seconds in the 400m, the fi…….

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