London Olympic Decathlete Returns From Rio

London decathlete Damian Warner shows off his Olympic bronze medal upon his arrival back from Rio at the London International Airport, August 24, 2016. (Photo by Miranda Chant)

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.