Damian Warner made history at Tokyo on Thursday as Canada’s first ever Olympic champion in the decathlon. With his gold medal win, the 31-year-old track and field athlete from London, Ont. earned the unofficial title of World’s Greatest Athlete.
His final score of 9018 points is both an Olympic and Canadian record. This is the first time Warner has surpassed the 9000-point mark, becoming just the fourth decathlete in history to do so. It is also the first time the Olympic decathlon gold medalist has broken through 9000 points as Warner breaks the previous mark of 8893 points set by American Ashton Eaton at Rio 2016.
Warner is the first Canadian decathlete to win multiple Olympic medals, as he adds to the bronze he won at Rio 2016. The only other Canadian to win an Olympic medal in the decathlon is Dave Steen, who captured bronze at Seoul 1988.