Canada’s Warner wins Hypo de­cathlon

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTING LIFE -

GOETZIS, AUS­TRIA — Cana­dian de­cath­lete Damian Warner won the Hypo Meet­ing for a third time Sun­day.

Warner, from Lon­don, Ont., earned 8,591 points over the 10 events, 52 more than sec­ond­place fin­isher Eelco Sint­ni­co­laas, of the Nether­lands. Ger­many’s Rico Freimuth was third, with 8,365 points.

Lead­ing after Satur­day’s events, Warner added to his cush­ion by fin­ish­ing first in the 110-me­tre hur­dles with a time of 13.54 sec­onds.

The 2016 Olympic bronze medal­list was then able to hold off a late charge by Sint­ni­co­laas, by fin­ish­ing eighth in the dis­cus, 16th in the pole vault, 14th in the javelin and sev­enth in the 1,500 me­tres.

Sint­ni­co­laas moved from fifth to sec­ond when he fin­ished first in the pole vault. He fin­ished sixth in javelin, to re­duce Warner’s lead to just 46 points, but lost ground to Warner in the fi­nal event by fin­ish­ing eighth in the 1,500.

“It’s a hard-fought medal. It means a lot to me to win it for a third time,” said Warner, who will not com­pete in another in­ter­na­tional de­cathlon be­fore the world cham­pi­onships in Lon­don in Au­gust.

“Based on what I did here in some events, I am very con­fi­dent go­ing for­ward.”

Pierce LePage, of Whitby, was 17th with 7,894 points.

The 22-year-old Bel­gian fin­ished with 7,013 points, and joined Amer­i­can world record holder Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Rus­sia’s Larisa Turchin­skaya and Swe­den’s Carolina Klueft as the only fe­male ath­letes to have achieved the feat.

“Last year was in­cred­i­ble and I thought: ‘Maybe that’s my best.’ But I just tried to do even bet­ter to­day,” said the 22-year-old Bel­gian, who won Olympic gold in Rio.

Carolin Schae­fer, of Ger­many, fin­ished sec­ond with 6,836 points, and Laura Ikau­niece Ad­mid­ina, of Latvia, was 21 points fur­ther be­hind in third.

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