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The Canadians dominate the decathlon following the presentation of the first three events on Wednesday at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Damian Warner quickly showed his colors with a victory in his 100m wave, matching his global mark. He is 1st in the cumulative ranking and his compatriot Pierce LePage is 2nd.
Warner completed the 100m in 10s 12/100, a time identical to the decathlon record he set in Austria in 2019. To give an idea of his speed, this time is would have secured a place in the 100m semi-finals alongside Andre De Grasse and Lamont Marcell Jacobs a few days ago.
I am happy because at the time of the warm-up I had the impression that my legs were not working. I wondered what was going on. But initially, the adrenaline rushed in and gave me an extraordinary start, explained Warner after the day’s first rounds. © e.
Pierce LePage was third in his 100m wave, the same as Warner, in 10.43.
Warner continued his record-breaking day by leaping 8.24 meters in the long jump. This is another Olympic record from the event, but not a world record, which also belongs to him at 8.28 meters.
I’m not sure what happened. It was a much better jump than I thought. I turned to my coach and told him it was over 8 meters. I don’t know how I did it, but I’ll take it, the Canadian laughed.
In the shot put, LePage dominated with a distance of 15.31 meters, the best result of his career. Warner finished 4th in the event with a 14.80-yard throw, his best this year.
It’s a big performance on the outside. I was nervous in the first rounds. I think I could have run faster. We always want to be better. But I’m pretty happy with my pitch, LePage analyzed.
Canadian Pierce LePage surprised everyone with the best shot put at the start.
The two Canadians dominate the provisional overall standings. Warner is at the top with 2966 points, followed by LePage with 2773. Australia’s Ashley Moloney is close at 2741 points.
I couldn’t ask for a better start in this decathlon. I will continue to run and compete hoping to achieve my goal.
On Thursday they will conclude their program with the 110m hurdles, the discus throw, the pole vault, the javelin throw and the 1500m.
In heptathlon, Canada’s Georgia Ellenwood, who is competing in her first Games, finished 5th in her heat in the 100m clocking 13.47, a good time for 1055 points.
The 25-year-old athlete from British Columbia then took third place in the high jump in a quadruple tie with Ivona Dadic of Austria, Noor Vidts of the Belgium, and Adriana Sulek, from Poland. The four athletes crossed the bar at a height of 1.83 m. The Belgian Nafissatou Thiam was the only one to jump at 1.92 m.
I made a small misstep in the middle of my race. I want to be more consistent. But I’m happy to go, said Ellenwood.
In the cumulative standings, the Canadian is in 8th place with 2071 points. She is 105 points from 1st row held by Thiam.
You are fighting against yourself. I want to improve my performance every day. That’s the goal and it’s been working pretty well so far.
The heptathletes will then compete in the shot put, 200m, long jump, javelin, and 800m events.
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