London's Damian Warner Fifth In Decathlon
At 22 years old and competing in his first Olympic Games, it was difficult to know how Londoner Damian Warner would fare in the most gruelling of events. It turned out, inexperience, nerves and anything else that might get in his way, never did. Warner posted six personal bests and rode a path of consistency to fifth place in the Decathlon in London, England.
He started well on Wednesday with a very fast time in the 100m and excelled through the long jump. Warner seemed to be able to stay with the upper crust of performances in every event, even climbing as high as third overall at one point. Only the 110m hurdles seemed to give him slight trouble and they are normally a strong event for Warner. Only a very strong performance by Hans van Alphen in the 1500m kept Warner out of fourth place. The Belgian competitor ended up edging Warner by just five points.
Former Canadian Decathlete, Michael Smith was very impressed with Warner's demeanor throughout the competition, often pointing out his ability to be excited when he needed to be excited and calm when he needed to be calm. If Canada was looking for the next great decathlete, it appears as though he has been found in London, Ontario.