14 APR 2014 General News Gotzis, Austria

Defending champions Theisen-Eaton and Warner return to Gotzis

Brianne Theisen at the 2013 Hypo Meeting in Gotzis (PHOTO PLOHE)Brianne Theisen at the 2013 Hypo Meeting in Gotzis (PHOTO PLOHE) © Copyright

Canada’s Damian Warner and Brianne Theisen-Eaton will defend their Hypo Meeting titles on 31 May at the 40th edition of the famous IAAF Combined Events Challenge meeting in the Austrian town of Gotzis.

Warner and Theisen-Eaton last year became the first athletes from the same country since 1988 to win the Hypo Meeting titles.

In spite of bad weather conditions, Theisen-Eaton won the heptathlon there with 6376 points, while Warner triumphed in the decathlon with 8307.

They went on to take medals at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, both setting personal bests. Warner took the bronze with 8512, while Theisen-Eaton earned the silver with 6530. They both ended the year in second place in the IAAF Combined Events Challenge standings.

USA’s rising decathlon star Gunnar Nixon will also return to Gotzis. The world junior champion made his first Gotzis appearance last year and finished third.

He went on to represent the USA at the World Championships in Moscow, where he scored a lifetime best of 8312, the best ever score by a US 20-year-old.

Organisers for the IAAF