Damian Warner starts strong on final day of decathlon


Damian Warner clocked the fastest time in the 110-metre hurdles at 13.63 seconds to move into third overall in the decathlon on Saturday morning.

In the first of five events on the final day of the two-day competition, Kevin Mayer of France set a third personal record to easily stay atop the standings with 5,485 points. Rico Freimuth of Germany sits in second place with 5,377 points, with Warner next at 5370.  

Several days after being quarantined for a stomach bug, Warner is within striking distance of a decathlon medal at the world track and field championships Warner began the day in fourth place and just 14 points from a podium spot.

Damian Warner leapfrogs into medal position after 110m hurdles4:40

Warner fell ill earlier in the week with the viral gastroenteritis that has affected 40 athletes at the meet so far, and spent Tuesday and Wednesday quarantined in his hotel room.

The 27-year-old said Friday’s five events — 100m, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400 — were draining. 

“It took a lot of energy out of me. I felt in the 100 metres,” the 27-year-old told CBC Sports. 

On Friday, Warner ran a season-best time of 47.47 seconds in the 400, moving into fourth place in the final event of the day.

 “I’m hoping that I can put a special day [Saturday],” he told CBC Sports.

Warner is chasing his first decathlon world title. He took the silver medal in 2015 and bronze in 2013. He claimed bronze at last year’s Olympics. American Ashton Eaton, who is now retired, won gold each time.