GOTZIS, Austria — Canada’s Damian Warner ran the world’s fastest ever decathlon 100 metres on Saturday, and is in first place after Day 1 of the Gotzis Hypo-Meeting.
The 29-year-old from London, Ont., clocked 10.12 seconds, lowering his own world’s best time of 10.15 he ran in 2017, in the prestigious Hypo-Meeting, considered an unofficial world championships for multi-events.
Warner, who won silver at the 2015 world championships and bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics, is on pace to break his Canadian record of 8,795 points he set at the same event last year.
Warner was second in the long jump Saturday with a season’s best jump of 7.67 metres and was fourth in shot put with a personal best 15.34-metre throw. He had a season’s best jump of 2.00 metres in high jump, good enough to fifth place, and capped the day with a season’s best 47.38 seconds in the 400 metres (third place).
The decathlon wraps up Sunday with five more events: the 110 hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and the 1,500 metres.
Warner is coming off a disappointing season last summer. After his Canadian record at Gotzis, he withdrew from the Commonwealth Games decathlon after recording no height in pole vault.
He also had a rough world championships in 2017 in Beijing, finishing fifth after being quarantined for two days with the norovirus that swept through the Canadian team.
Warner switched coaches this season, leaving Calgary and longtime multi-events coach Les Gramantik to move back to his hometown of London to train with his high school coach Gar Leyshon.