EUGENE, Ore. — Canada’s Pierce LePage has flirted with the worldwide decathlon podium quite a few instances, however one or two poor occasions would invariably see him tumble down the outcomes.
Not this time.
In an occasion that requires consistency over two gruelling days, the 26-year-old from Whitby, Ont., reeled off one wonderful efficiency after one other, to gather silver within the decathlon on the world observe and discipline championships on Sunday, the Canadian staff’s fourth and remaining medal of the meet.
“The massive factor for me is that I have been so shut for the previous couple of years,” LePage stated. “I’ve at all times been excessive within the standings after which drop off close to the top, and it was a lot disappointment. To lastly be on high, to remain on the rostrum is wonderful.”
The six-foot-eight LePage, who’s lengthy competed within the shadows of Canada’s Olympic champion Damian Warner, scored a private finest 8,701 factors. Warner’s quest for his first decathlon world title, in the meantime, led to heartbreak the earlier evening when he suffered a hamstring harm in the course of the 400 metres.
World record-holder Kevin Mayer of France received gold with 8,816 factors, whereas American Zach Ziemek took the bronze (8,676).
LePage, who was fifth at each the Tokyo Olympics and 2019 world championships, led for a lot of Day 2 after private bests within the 400 metres, 110-metre hurdles and discus, and a very good 5.00 metres in pole vault, however dropped a spot behind Mayer after the javelin, the decathlon’s penultimate occasion.
The 1,500 metres turned an intense battle between LePage and Ziemek for silver.
“I had to determine whether or not I wished to go attempt to beat Kevin (Mayer for gold), or play it secure and go for the medal,” LePage stated.
After rehabilitating an harm for a very good chunk of the season, and the very fact he’d must beat Mayer by a major margin for gold, LePage determined to stay on Ziemek and outkick the American for silver.
“I will not lie, I used to be probably the most scared I’ve ever been in a 1,500 as a result of I have never had a lot health coaching for it,” LePage stated. “I’ve had like 5 – 6 exercises your complete yr for the 1,500. And I am like, I am simply sticking with this man (Ziemek), after which kick it in.”
Warner, who has received world silver and bronze, had led the sector by means of the primary 4 occasions of Day 1 earlier than he pulled up about 120 metres into the 400, clutching his left hamstring.
“Since I’ve carried out massive worldwide meets, it is at all times been Damian and I collectively . . . clearly I really feel for him,” LePage stated. “On the time I had no thought, I used to be nonetheless working. However regardless that a teammate goes out, I’ve nonetheless gotta go get the job carried out. And hopefully I made him joyful.”
LePage stated he hadn’t seen Warner since his harm.
“Hopefully he is doing properly,” he stated.
LePage opened Day 2 by crushing his hurdles private better of 14.05 seconds, working 13.78.
“Wasn’t anticipating it,” he stated. “Then, first throw, big discus P.B., simply stroll off, , had some good swagger to it.”
Canada’s different medallists have been the lads’s 4×100-metre relay staff, which received gold, Camryn Rogers, who received silver in ladies’s hammer throw, and Marco Arop, who raced to bronze within the males’s 800 metres. Canada had 14 top-eight outcomes.
The Canadian ladies’s 4×400-metre relay staff of Natassha McDonald, Aiyanna Stiverne, Zoe Sherar and Kyra Constantine capped the competitors with a fourth-place end, the equivalent outcome to final summer season’s Olympics.
The People, anchored by Sydney McLaughlin, who earlier within the meet shattered her personal world 400 hurdles file, received the gold.
And earlier Sunday, Moh Ahmed of St. Catharines, Ont., was fifth within the males’s 5,000 metres, the occasion during which he received silver on the Tokyo Olympics.
The 31-year-old was in medal competition with about 150 metres to go.
“I used to be simply making an attempt to only keep tethered to (the leaders) and with 100 metres to go, I used to be like: all proper, come on, attempt to like hit it, hit it, hit it. And I feel I began over-striding slightly bit, and the final 50 I used to be simply buckling.
“So, unlucky, however I put myself in it, I used to be as shut as I wanted to be inside hanging distance, and I simply run out of fuel.”
And Olympic bronze medallist Evan Dunfee of Richmond, B.C., was sixth within the males’s 35-kilometre race stroll, a strong outcome after battling each a hamstring harm and psychological well being points this season.
“To return away with sixth after the yr it has been, it has been a battle for me this yr, it has been bodily and emotionally and mentally slightly bit powerful,” Dunfee stated. “So to get sixth, I am thrilled with this, and to have my household and mates out right here on the sidelines cheering me on, that was superior.”
The 31-year-old, who sat round twelfth place for a lot of the race earlier than shifting up by means of the ultimate few kilometres, crossed in two hours, 25 minutes and two seconds.
Italy’s Massimo Stano received gold in 2:23.14.
Dunfee captured bronze each finally summer season’s Tokyo Olympics and the 2019 world championships in Doha.
“I acquired used to the rostrum,” Dunfee stated with amusing. “It is at all times disappointing to not be on there. Not disappointing, disappointing’s the fallacious phrase. However, it is one thing that, as a lot as I informed myself — and I’m actually pleased with this race — however you are still like, ah, that podium’s enjoyable to face on.
“However no, I feel in the present day was a very good race.”