London Olympic Decathlete Returns From Rio
Bronze medal in hand, London decathlete Damian Warner returned home from the Rio Olympics on Wednesday.
Dozens of fans greeted the 26-year-old Olympian after he touched down at the London International Airport around 8:20am. Each of those fans had a chance to hold Warner’s medal, as he graciously passed it around and posed for pictures.
Warner completed the decathlon, a combined event in athletics consisting of ten track and field events, with 8,666 points to place third.
“I went into the Olympics with very high expectations and I wanted to challenge for the gold medal. Only three people get a medal for a reason, it’s never an easy thing,” says Warner. “I was happy with the way I competed and fought until the end and I was very happy to win a bronze medal.”
The most memorable moment of the summer games for Warner came at a do or die moment during the javelin throw.
“I looked up into the stands, saw my family, and kind of got goosebumps then everything else took over and thankfully I was able to get the throw I needed,” says Warner.
While Tokyo 2020 is already on his mind, Warner intends to enjoy a bit of downtime.
“I’ll definitely be taking a break. I’ll have two months off where I don’t do very much at all and then I’ll slowly get back into training,” says Warner.