According to Canadian Olympic Committee Community Editor Asif Hossain, Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Derek Drouin of Sarnia, Ontario set a Canadian record on Friday in the men's high jump. Drouin jumped 2.4 metres to win a track and field competition in Des Moines, Iowa.
Drouin's jump was 0.05 metres higher than American silver medalist Erik Kynard Jr. and American bronze medalist Dusty Jonas, who each jumped 2.35 metres. Drouin also set a Drake Relays America's Athletics Classic record. He is the only Canadian track and field athlete currently to have a meet record in Des Moines, Iowa.
Drouin broke his previous Canadian record that he set at the 2013 International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Athletics. Last year in Moscow, Drouin jumped a Canadian record 2.38 metres to win the world championship bronze medal. Bohdan Bondarenko of the Ukraine won the world championship gold medal with a jump of 2.41 metres and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar won the silver medal by also jumping 2.38 metres.
Drouin also has recorded the second best high jump in 2014. Ivan Ukhov of Russia, who jumped 2.38 metres at the 2012 Olympic Games in London to win the gold medal, has the best jump this year at 2.42 metres. Ukhov posted that result at an indoor competition in Prague, Czech Republic on February 25.
The world record is still held by Cuban Javier Sotomayor, who jumped 2.45 metres. Sotomayor posted that jump at the Salamanca Invitational Track Meet in Spain on July 28, 1993.
The positive result for Drouin is a stepping stone for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. According to Olympic historian David Wallechinsky, no Canadian man has won two Olympic medals in the men's high jump in Olympic history.
Prior to Drouin's bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Duncan McNaughton of Cornwall, Ontario won a gold medal for Canada in the men's high jump at the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and Greg Joy of Ottawa, Ontario won a silver medal for Canada in the men's high jump at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.