Warner, 32, wins the Lou Marsh Trophy after his record-breaking performance at the Tokyo Games, where he led after all 10 events to become only the fourth person to cross the vaunted 9,000 points mark. He is the first Canadian to win the Olympic decathlon. The native of London, Ont., Was later named Canada’s flag bearer for the closing ceremony.
Warner, who won bronze at the 2016 Games in Rio, set an Olympic record and a national record with 9,018 points in Tokyo.
Warner tied his world record in the 100-meter decathlon in Tokyo and set Olympic decathlon records in the long jump and 110-meter hurdles. He clocked a personal best of 4.90 meters in the pole vault.
The other six finalists for the award were sprinter Andre De Grasse, swimmer Maggie Mac Neil, soccer players Stephanie Labbé and Alphonso Davies, Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid and Toronto Blue Jays first baseman. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., born in Montreal.
Members of the media across Canada voted on the annual Toronto Star award on Wednesday.
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NFL player Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Davies, a left-back from Bayern Munich, were named co-winners of the award last year.
In recent weeks, there have been calls for the award to be renamed after Marsh’s story of racism and anti-Semitism while he was a reporter for The Star came to light.
Marsh opposed the Canadian boycott of the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany and used racist language to describe Indigenous runner Tom Longboat as well as Black, Chinese and Jewish athletes throughout his career.
The Star announced on Tuesday that it is launching an “in-depth study” of Marsh’s career to determine whether the trophy should continue to use its namesake in the future. The results of the study, led by Dr. Janice Forsyth, associate professor of sociology at Western University, are expected to be published next year.
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