Athletics Canada, “Warner on top of the world”
When the 2022 World Indoor Track and Field Championship in Belgrade ended on Sunday, Olympic champion Damian Warner had claimed his first world indoor heptathlon title to lead the Canadian contingent.
“I feel pretty good,” said Warner. “Just a couple weeks ago I was still uncertain of if I was going to come (to the championship). Training hasn’t necessarily felt amazing, but my coaches and my support team said they thought that I was in better shape than I thought I was.”
Team Canada also came home with eight top-eight performances and three new national records.
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Athletics Australia: Silver success for Patterson, Moloney wins bronze at World Athletics Indoor Championships
Australia claimed two medals at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, with high jumper Eleanor Patterson soaring to silver, and Ash Moloney claiming back-to-back global bronze.
atterson cleared the 2.00m milestone for the first time, adding a centimetre to the indoor record she set last month. Although she put up a strong fight, Ukraine’s Yaroslava Mahuchikh, took the title with a 2.02m clearance, dedicating her emotional victory to her country.
Sitting in bronze position after clearing 1.98m on her second attempt, the Australian pushed herself up the ranks into gold medal contention when recording 2.00m on her second attempt. After missing 2.02m, the 25-year-old raised the bar to 2.04m in attempt to overtake her Ukrainian rival, but was forced to find the silver lining after three attempts at the height.
Patterson, who took a year away from the sport in 2018, said she was overjoyed with her result, particularly when reflecting on her journey to get to this point.
“I’m still trying to process it all. I knew I was coming in in good form and I knew I could jump big, but I’m incredibly proud of myself and my coach (Alex Stewart) and we can never knock that. I’m really excited for what the future holds,” she said.