Derek Drouin has captured a bronze medal for Canada in the high jump with a height of 2.29 m.
The height matched his best in qualification where he placed second heading into today’s final. The bronze is odd in that it was shared with two other athletes, Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Robert Grabarz of Great Britain matched the 2.29m height.
Drouin is a high jumper on the NCAA circuit for the Indiana Hoosiers and is competing in his first Olympics at 22 years old. His best height this year was 2.31 m and it was expected coming into the games that he would need to flirt with Mark Boswell’s Canadian record of 2.35 m to be in medal contention. However, as we now know, the sub-2.30 m height was good enough to get the job done.
He’s the first Olympic medalist to ever come from Corunna, Ont., so expect the street he grew up on to change names at some point in the next year.