Warner’s quest for Gold comes to an end in Gold Coast

Gold Coast, Australia - Heading into day two of the men’s decathlon with 4,509 points, Damian Warner was sitting on top of the leader board, 129 points ahead of teammate Pierce LePage.

Stepping onto the track for the 110-metre hurdles to kick-off the second day of competition, Warner was focused and ready to defend his Commonwealth Games title. Warner crossed the finish line in 13.89 seconds, the fastest time in the competition, and then followed it up with a 46.55-metre throw in discus. With 223 points between Warner and his closest competitor, he entered the pole vault at 4.50 metres but failed to clear the bar on his third and final attempt.

“I’m disappointed with how it (pole vault) went,” said Warner. “Things were going well, I was on pace to score something decent. I came in at a fairly low height in the pole vault and I just wasn’t able to get it. It’s pretty disappointing.”

Sitting in sixth-place with 6,297 points heading into the evening session, the 2014 Commonwealth Games Champion has decided not to continue the decathlon leaving LePage as the sole Canadian left in the event. With two events to go, LePage is sitting in the Gold medal position (6,889 points), 25 points ahead of Grenada’s Lindon Victor.

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