Fri, September 20, 2013

Personal best day ever for Canadian decathlete Damian Warner

By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency


Canada's Damian Warner reacts after a successful attempt during his men's decathlon high jump event during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 8, 2012. (REUTERS)


LONDON - Damian Warner has high expectations for himself.

He came pretty close to meeting them after Day 1 of the Olympic decathlon competition with a stunning third-place standing after five events.

The 22-year-old from London, Ont., finished the first day off with a personal best in the 400 metres with a time of 48.20 seconds, shredding his old mark of 48.58.

That gave him a first day total of 4,386, a personal best. His old mark was 4,295.

"I have pretty high expectations of myself, but this is pretty close," he said. "This is awesome."

He had a season best time of 10.48 in the 100M, a personal best long jump of 7.54 metres, a shot put of 13.73 metres (.01 off his personal best) and a personal best of 2.05 metres in the high jump. He ranked second in the high jump, fifth in the long jump, third in the 100M and fourth in the 400M. He was 24th in the shot put.

That's three personal bests on the first day.

"I just wanted to come out here and have fun. That's what I did," he said. "I came out here and I took everything in and enjoyed everything and the numbers came. I'm going to do the same thing (Thursday).

"I'm feeling good, yeah."

Casting an eye towards Thursday's final five events, he broke it down this way: "I'm pretty strong in the hurdles, discus is coming along, pole vault I have been really consistent, javelin has been good and the 1,500 has been getting better and better."

Ashton Eaton, the world record holder, holds down first place with a total of 4,661 followed by fellow American Trey Hardee, the two-time world champion, with 4,441.

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