Pierce LePage (born January 22, 1996) is a Canadian track athlete who competes in the decathlon. LePage won the silver medal in the decathlon at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, was the winner of the 2017 Canadian Track and Field Championships, winner of the 2019 DecaStar, bronze medal winner at the 2019 Pan American Games and fifth place finisher at the 2019 World Championships.

Pierce LePage
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Personal information
NationalityCanadian
Born (1996-01-22) January 22, 1996 (age 23)
Whitby, Ontario
Height204 cm (6 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight85 kg (187 lb)
Sport
SportTrack
Event(s)Decathlon
Coached byGregory Portnoy
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Decathlon: 2018 Decathlon 8453 Decastar 2019, France

CareerEdit

Starting track and field at the age of 12 and the decathlon at the age of 17, LePage gained fame in 2015 after breaking the Canadian junior decathlon record.[2] LePage then gained funding through the RBC Training Ground talent identification program in 2016 and has been a developing athlete ever since.[3] LePage won the decathlon at the 2017 Canadian Track and Field Championships, an event which Damian Warner was absent from.

He next competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games taking place in Gold Coast, Australia. Teammate Warner was leading the event until he triple-faulted in the pole vault and withdrew from the event. Pierce continued to excel in the international competition and made a personal best 8,171 to win the silver medal behind Lindon Victor. After his win LePage said that "For me this is a huge stepping stone going from local competitions to a big event like the Commonwealth Games."[4]. In June of the 2019 season, LePage scored 8453 to win the Decastar meeting in Talance, France. This score qualified him for the World Championships in Doha, Qatar. In July, LePage won a bronze medal at the Pan Am games followed by a fifth place finish with a score of 8445 in his first World Championships. LePage then went on to win third in the IAAF Combined Events Challenge with teammate Warner coming first.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 Gold Coast profile". 2018 Commonwealth Games. Retrieved 2018-04-08.
  2. ^ "Pierce LePage, RBC Olympican" (PDF). Royal Bank of Canada. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  3. ^ "Pierce Lepage wins decathlon at Canadian track and field championships". CBC Sports. 6 July 2017. Retrieved 2018-04-08.
  4. ^ "Canada's Warner drops out, LePage wins silver in Commonwealth Games decathlon". CBC Sports. April 10, 2018.

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/damian-warner-leads-decathlon-after-1st-event-pierce-lepage-in-2nd-1.5305662 https://www.cbc.ca/sports/pierce-lepage-leads-decathlon-after-long-jump-1.5305852 https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1613793859854

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