By the narrowest of margins (0.0008%), the World Championship Gold Medal eluded Damian Warner in Birmingham, UK today. Canada's great multi-event specialist took the Silver Medal just 5 points behind Kevin Mayer of France's total of 6348 points in the 7 event heptathlon, the indoor equivalent to the decathlon. Damian was hampered in last summer's outdoor World Championships by the Norovirus, where Kevin Mayer won the Gold Medal. Damian needed to beat Kevin by just over 3 seconds in the dramatic final event, the 1000m. The London, ON Olympic medalist lead the race with a new personal best of 2:37.12, while the French rival finished 2.52 seconds back which squeaked out the 5 point victory. Damian's 6343 points did break the 25-year-old Canadian Record of 6279 points set by Michael Smith at the 1993 World Indoor Championships in Toronto, ON. Damian from London, ON but training in Calgary with Les Gamantik, is set to battle for the Gold medal in the decathlon at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in early April.
Alysha Newman of London, ON set the Canadian Indoor Record in Birmingham at the World Championships with a pole vault of 4.70m. Her 6th place finish broke the current record of 4.60m set by Kelsie Hendry in Flagstaff, AZ in 2012. Alysha holds the U18 and U20 Canadian Indoor Records and she had a pending mark of 4.66m in the pole vault set in Fayetteville. AR on February 10, 2018. Coached by Doug Wood, Alysha is headed for the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia