Damian Warner Chosen to Lead Canada at Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremonies – .


Olympic decathlon champion Damian Warner has been chosen to carry the Canadian flag at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.

Warner of London, Ont., Won Canada’s first-ever gold in multi-event competition, smashed the Olympic record with 9,018 points and became the fourth man in history to exceed the bar of 9,000 points.

Warner is also the first Canadian decathlete to win multiple Olympic medals, after winning bronze at Rio 2016.

The only other Canadian to win an Olympic medal in the decathlon is Dave Steen, who won bronze in Seoul in 1988.

“To be named the flag bearer for this group of Team Canada athletes is a huge honor and an incredible way to cap off what have been an incredible few days for me,” said Warner. “What each of us went through in the past 18 months to get to these Games is what makes Tokyo 2020 all the more special. “

Warner is the second decathlete to be honored as Canadian flag bearer. Mike Smith carried the flag at the Barcelona Games opening ceremony in 1992.

Sprinter Andre De Grasse, who won three medals including gold in the men’s 200 meters, and Christine Sinclair, who ultimately realized her dream of winning a gold medal with the women’s soccer team, were also mentioned as possible candidates for the honor.

Swimmer Penny Oleksiak, who became Canada’s most decorated Olympian at these Games, might have seemed the obvious choice to carry the flag at the closing ceremonies. However, she – along with several other potential candidates – has already left the Games and returned home, in accordance with Olympic COVID protocols.

The closing ceremony is scheduled for Sunday at 7 a.m. ET / 4 a.m. PT.


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