Ottawa- Canada’s Damian Warner set a new national record and left everything he had on the track in the final event of men’s heptathlon at the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Going into the 1000-metres, Warner trailed the leader Kevin Mayer of France by 34 points. Warner led the final four laps, won the event and earned a silver medal. At the end of the heptathlon competition, Mayer and Warner were separated by only five points (6, 348 to 6,343).
After falling ill at the 2017 IAAF World Championships, Olympic decathlon bronze medallist was happy to be back on the podium. “Gold is what I’m looking for but I am pretty happy with my performance. I laid it all out on track… winning silver here puts me back on track”, Warner told CBC Sports.
"I laid it all out on track…winning silver here puts me back on track.” - Damian Warner
In the women’s pole vault, Alysha Newman held her own in a competition that saw a record six women clear 4.70 metres. Newman was amongst this elite group and upped her Canadian indoor record with a clutch third attempt clearance at 4.70 metres. Based on count back on misses, Newman placed sixth overall.
On the final day of competition, Christabel Nettey placed seventh in the women’s long jump final. The Canadian record holder had a solid series and jumped a season’s best 6.63-metres.
Canadian results at the four days of competition in Birmingham:
Tim Nedow, 9th, shot put (20.82)
Brittany Crew, 10th, shot put (17.61m)
Kate Van Buskirk, 10th, 1500-metres (4:09.42)
Geneviève Lalonde, 11th, 3000-metres (9:03.91)
Jenna Westaway, 12th, 800-metres (2:03.91)
Gabriela Stafford, 13th, 1500-metres (4:09.94)
Shawn Barber, 15th, pole vault (5.40m)
Crystal Emmanuel, 18th, 60-metres (7.26, 7.27)
Kelsey Balkwill, 19th, 400-metres (53.29)
Johnathan Cabral, 19th, 60-metres hurdles (7.70, 7.71)
Travia Jones, 20th, 400-metres (53.31)
Angela Whyte, 25th, 100-metres hurdles (8.21)