Decathlon: disaster for Damian Warner

Decathlon: disaster for Damian Warner


Canadian Damian Warner, the reigning Olympic decathlon champion, saw his day end in a fish tail at the World Championships in Athletics on Saturday in Eugene, Oregon.

Warner had to retire in the middle of the 400 meter race, presumably bothered by a strained leg. He did not score any points in this event, which puts an end to his adventure at the Worlds.

The Ontarian, however, led the pack before the race thanks to a cumulative score of 3696 points.

The other representative of the maple leaf competing in this competition presented in the western United States, Pierce Lepage, finished the day strong to take second place overall with 4,485 points. Puerto Rican Ayden Owens-Delerme leads the field with 4606 points.

It was Warner who dominated the 100 meters with a time of 10.27 seconds. He had also been the one who had scored the most points in the long jump, by virtue of a distance of 7.87 meters.

The last five events of the decathlon will take place on Sunday.

Marco Arop in bronze

23-year-old Canadian athlete Marco Arop, meanwhile, won the bronze medal in the 800-metre event.< /p>

Arop, who had failed to qualify for the Olympic final in Tokyo over this distance, nearly lost his footing early in the race, but he recovered in fine fashion by putting on a time of 1 min 44.28 s.

Kenyan Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir climbed to the top step of the podium, closely followed by Algerian Djamel Sedjati.

Arop qualified for the 800m final after finishing second in his semi-final heat on Thursday.

In addition, Canadian Brandon McBride, who crashed in qualifying, announced on Instagram that he had broken his foot.