Road To The Olympic Games

Track and Field

Damian Warner breaks his own world record 100m time in decathlon

Damian Warner of London, Ont., set another decathlon record Saturday at the Hypo Meeting in Austria, posting a time of 10.12 seconds in the men's 100 metres. The 29-year-old eclipsed his 2016 clocking of 10.15, also in Gö​​​​​​​tzis.

Canadian sets new time of 10.12 seconds at Hypo Meeting in Austria

Canada's Damian Warner lowered his record time in the men's 100 metres of the decathlon on Saturday, clocking 10.12 seconds at the Hypo Meeting in Gotzis, Austria. Seeking a fifth event title, he sits atop the standings after five of 10 disciplines. (Peter Rinderer/AFP/Getty Images)

Damian Warner set another decathlon record Saturday in Götzis, Austria, after closing last year's event with a Canadian mark.

He opened this year's Hypo Meeting with a time of 10.12 seconds in the men's 100 metres, 3-100ths of a second faster than his 2016 performance. Warner was also victorious in the 100 a year ago in 10.31.

WATCH | Damian Warner prevail in the 100m in record time:

Canadian Damian Warner runs the 100m in 10.12 seconds for the fastest time in decathlon history. 0:34

The 29-year-old from London, Ont., will carry a 160-point lead over Ashley Moloney of Australia into Sunday's final five disciplines at the two-day competition. Germany's Kai Kazmirek is 211 points behind Warner, who amassed a Canadian-best 8,795 points a year ago in Götzis for his fourth Hypo Meeting title.

His old mark of 8,695 was set at the 2015 world championships in Beijing, one month after he won gold at the Pan Am Games in Toronto.

Warner, who moved back home last September from his training base in Calgary to work with his high school coach Gar Leyshon, also led after Day 1 a year ago, despite battling ankle problems that nearly forced him to withdraw before the start of the event.

Warner had moved to Calgary shortly after earning a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio to train with multi-events coach Les Gramantik, longtime coach of former Canadian decathlon star Michael Smith.

Ahead of 2018 pace

After winning the 100 on Saturday, he placed second in long jump with a leap of 7.67 metres, third in shot put (15.34 metres) and high jump (2.00m) and fifth in the 400 (47.38), all season bests.

With 4,596 points, or 31 more than last year, Warner will take a run at Czech Roman Sebrle's Hypo Meeting record of 9,026 points when he competes in the 110-metre hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1,500 on Sunday.

On Day 2 last year, Warner needed to run four minutes 42 seconds in the 1,500, the final discipline, to establish a Canadian record. He stopped the clock in 4:26.59, crossing the line third in a field of 20.

Earlier, the 2016 Olympic bronze medallist had set a season-best jump of 4.80 metres in pole vault after recording a no height at the Commonwealth Games when he missed three attempts at 4.50.

Warner began his day with a season-best in winning the 110 hurdles in 13.56. He followed with a season-best throw of 47.32m in discus.

Broadcast Partners

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.