London, Ont., has a brand new Olympic champion.
Damian Warner gave Canada its first-ever gold medal within the Video games’ decathlon occasion, with an Olympic record-setting rating of 9,018 factors.
The 31-year-old’s achievement was a trigger for celebration throughout a viewing get together attended by household and buddies in his hometown.
“It’s unbelievable to listen to them say Olympic champion,” mentioned Warner’s accomplice Jen Cotten.
“I do know that’s what Damian needed and Crew Warner needed and hoped for, however it’s loopy to really have it come true.”
Warner’s first Olympic gold medal comes just below 5 months after the couple acquired what they contemplate to be their different gold medal — their son Theo.
“I used to be somewhat bit frightened main as much as (Tokyo), he has refused to go to a distinct room to sleep, he needs to remain in the identical room as me and the infant,” Cotten mentioned.
“I’m simply so glad that it hasn’t affected him negatively … It’s simply so superior to look at him embrace all of the completely different roles he’s in proper now,”
“I can’t put into phrases how I really feel that he’s made his dream come true,” mentioned Warner’s mom Brenda Gillan.
“I’m unsure when he’s coming residence but. It’ll be a giant get together when he does.”
Assistant coach Dennis Nielsen has been with Warner since he was a scholar at London’s Montcalm Secondary Faculty and says he feels on high of the world following the Olympic record-setting efficiency.
“All these years of blood sweat and tears, years of disappointment, years of pleasure, all coming to fruition, it’s the very best ever,” Nielsen added. “We by no means doubted he could be an Olympian, we by no means doubted he would win the gold medal … in some unspecified time in the future, he’ll go down within the historical past books as having the best rating in decathlon and the world’s greatest athlete. Interval.”
“You’re fortunate for those who’re a coach and have an opportunity to teach somebody like Damian Warner.”
The yard viewing get together in north London was hosted by Warner’s enterprise supervisor Jeff Fischer, who noticed first-hand because the Olympic champion went by way of a novel coaching set-up earlier than arriving on the world stage.
“He couldn’t journey south as a result of pandemic, plus his accomplice was anticipating,” Fischer mentioned, including that COVID-19 protocols on the time prevented him from coaching at Western College.
Canadian decathlete Damian Warner talks about his journey to the Tokyo Olympics
Crew Warner ultimately acquired permission from town to rework London’s Farquharson Area right into a makeshift coaching facility utilizing the outdated hockey rink inside.
“We joked about the truth that we will begin renting that out as the worldwide decathlon facility and other people would present up going, ‘are you kidding me?’ However that’s what it’s,” Fischer added.
As of Thursday, Canada’s gold medal depend on the Tokyo Olympics stands at 5, three of which have a Londoner’s title on it.
Together with Warner, the opposite Forest Metropolis champions embody Maggie Mac Neil who set a Canadian-swimming document to win the 100-metre butterfly, and Susanne Grainger who was on board when Canada gained ladies’s eight rowing.
Londoners Jessie Fleming and Shelina Zadorsky could have an opportunity to seize Olympic gold on Friday once they swimsuit up for the ladies’s soccer closing between Canada and Sweden.
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