Canadians swept the Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis, Austria this weekend, just as they had done in 2013.
Brianne Theisen-Eaton in the heptathlon and Damian Warner in the decathlon, are the respective winners of the annual multi event meet at its conclusion on Sunday. Here are the recaps to their respective wins:
Both athletes were leading after Saturday’s events, more on that below:
Saturday, May 28
At the 42nd Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis, Austria, Canadians are on top after day one.
The annual combined-events meet saw Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Damian Warner lead the heptathlon and decathlon – respectively – at the end of Saturday’s competition. The winners will be determined on Sunday.
Theisen-Eaton – the defending meet champion in the heptathlon – has 3972 points after four of seven events. In the 100-metre hurdles the Canadian finished in 12.93 seconds (1135 points); cleared 1.83m in high jump (1016); launched 13.71m in shot put (775); and sprinted the 200m in 23.33s (1046). The total puts Theisen-Eaton 40 points ahead of the nearest competitor, Katarina Johnson-Thompson of Great Britain, with Carolin Shafer of Germany another 10 behind the Brit in a tight contest.
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Warner was in second place going into the final event of the first day, until a spirited effort in the 400m saw him pull back ahead, but only seven points clear of defending Gotzis champ Kai Kazmirek of Germany. Warner’s points breakdown is as follows: 10.15s in the 100m (1059); 7.12m long jump (842); 14.64m shot put (768); 2.00m high jump (803); and an exciting 47.13s clocking in the 400m, where Kazmirek edged him at the very end. Warner’s points total is 4424 to 4417 for Kazmirek, with Jeremy Taiwo of the United States in third with 4373.
The 100m time for Warner is the fastest ever recorded in a decathlon.
Both Theisen-Eaton and Warner are world silver medallists in their events from Beijing 2015 last summer, and are considred major Olympic medal contenders for Rio 2016. They created a first-ever Canadian golden sweep at Gotzis in 2013, both winning the Hypo-Meeting that year.