Damian Warner 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. He is the second-highest scoring Canadian decathlete in history behind Michael Smith, who was the last Canadian to win a world championship medal in 1995. Warner achieved another career highlight in 2013 when he won the prestigious Hypo-Meeting in Götzis, Austria. In 2014 he added a gold medal from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Warner won the first of three consecutive Canadian decathlon titles in 2011.
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…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
OG: 2012 – 5th (decathlon)
IAAF WCh: 2013 – BRONZE (decathlon), 2011 – 18th (decathlon)
IAAF WCh (indoor): 2014 – 7th (heptathlon)
CWG: 2014 – GOLD (decathlon)