Biography:

Damian Warner won bronze at Rio 2016 for Canada’s first Olympic medal in the decathlon since Seoul 1988. Warner had enjoyed a sensational summer in 2015. First came a gold medal at the Pan American Games in Toronto where he broke the national decathlon record that had stood since 1996 with his score of 8659 points. Just a month later he improved on that national record, earning 8695 points to win silver at the IAAF World Championships behind only a world record performance by American Ashton Eaton. He recorded personal best marks in the pole vault, long jump and shot put. Warner had surpassed all expectations when he finished fifth in his Olympic debut in the grueling two-day decathlon at London 2012. It was the second-best Olympic finish ever by a Canadian decathlete, behind Dave Steen’s bronze at Seoul 1988. He beat his previous personal best score by more than 300 points, thanks to personal best marks in six of the 10 events (400m, 1500m, high jump, long jump, discus, javelin). He improved his personal best to 8512 points in winning bronze at the 2013 IAAF World Championships, thanks to personal best marks in shot put, pole vault, and javelin. Warner achieved another career highlight in 2013 when he won the prestigious Hypo-Meeting in Götzis, Austria. He added a second Götzis title in 2016 when he lowered his 100m personal best to 10.15 seconds, the fastest ever recorded by a decathlete. In 2014 Warner won gold  at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Warner won the first of three consecutive Canadian decathlon titles in 2011.

Getting to know…

Family: Father Kevin Warner and mother Brenda Philpott… Younger brother Chaz Perriam, younger sister Kristi Warner… Girlfriend Jen Cotton is also a multi-eventer…  Getting into the Sport: Started in track and field at 17, pushed by his high school basketball coaches… Had his Olympic dream sparked by watching Catriona Le May Doan compete when he was a kid… Outside Interests: Graduated from Fanshawe College… Enjoys art and drawing, playing video games, and vacations to Barbados… Has helped out with the Limitless Special Olympics and Kidney Men In Fashion model show… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “You can do anything you set your mind to”… Role model is Vince Carter, who he watched as a kid and inspired him to pursue professional sports…