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Day: December 8, 2021

Damian Warner crowned Canada’s top athlete of 2021 with Lou Marsh Trophy

Decathlon champion Damian Warner broke the Olympic record en route to gold medal in Tokyo

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Olympic decathlon champion Damian Warner was voted Canada’s best athlete of 2021 on Wednesday.

Warner, 32, collects the Lou Marsh Trophy after his record-setting performance at the Tokyo Games, where he led after all 10 events to become just the fourth person ever to break the vaunted 9,000-point mark. He is the first Canadian to win the Olympic decathlon.

The London, Ont., native 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 decathlon world mark in the 100 metres in Tokyo and set Olympic decathlon records in the long jump and 110-metre hurdles. He cleared a personal best 4.90 metres in the pole vault.

Falsifying Russia’s history is a step toward more violence

Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic »

Dictators distort the past because they want to use it. Putin certainly wants to use the past to stay in power. If Russians are nostalgic for their old dictatorship, then they have less reason to push back against the new one. He may also want to use the past to give legitimacy to violence—Russians who have no awareness of what Moscow did to Ukraine in the past will feel no sense of guilt about repeating old patterns of aggression. History does contain lessons, and here is one of them: If Putin plans to turn his falsely heroic vision of Russia’s past into a justification for another war in the present, he won’t be the first autocrat to do so.

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