Road To The Olympic Games

Canadians Brianne Theisen-Eaton, Damian Warner win at Hypo Meeting

Brianne Theisen-Eaton set this year's best mark in heptathlon, and Damian Warner had a solid second day of competition as both Canadians won their respective events at the Hypo Meeting on Sunday in Goetzis, Austria.

The 2 Canadians both captured titles at the event in 2013

Brianne Theisen-Eaton, left, and Damian Warner, right, are shown in this 2013 file photo after winning events at the Hypo Meeting in Austria. They duplicated that feat on Sunday. (File/The Associated Press)

Canadian decathlete Damian Warner held on to his first-day lead to win the Hypo Meeting on Sunday in Austria, while fellow Canadian Brianne Theisen-Eaton set this year's best mark in the women's heptathlon.

Warner, who also won here three years ago, finished on 8,523 points and beat Kevin Mayer of France by 77. Last year's winner Kai Kazmirek of Germany was 205 points back in third.

Leading Kazmirek by just seven points after Saturday's five events, Warner easily won the 110 hurdles in 13.72 seconds to extend his lead to 76.

While the German dropped to third, Mayer reduced the gap in each of the following three events in difficult conditions due to wind and rain, which forced organizers to suspend the pole vault for half an hour.

Warner finally secured victory by finishing ahead of the Frenchman in the concluding 1,500 metres.

"It was important to win," the world silver medallist said. "It was difficult but it was an important learning experience with a lot of ups and downs."

Theisen-Eaton won the women's competition of the Hypo Meeting for a third time. After also triumphing in 2013 and last year, the world silver medallist gathered 6,765 points.

Theisen-Eaton won one of the seven events — the long jump with a 6.56-metre effort — and remained 43 points short of her personal best mark she set while winning here last year.

The Canadian finished 143 points clear of Laura Ikauniece-Admidina of Latvia. Carolin Schaefer of Germany was 208 points back in third after reaching her personal best score of 6,557.

Ivona Dadic set an Austrian record of 6,196 points but still remained four points short of the qualifying limit for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

With files from CBC Sports


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