Drouin wins bronze medal in high jump

Indiana’s Derek Drouin finished in a three-way tie for third place in the Olympic high jump to earn a bronze medal in the event.

Drouin, competing for Canada, cleared 2.29 meters (approximately 7 feet, 6 inches) without a miss but failed on all three attempts at 2.33 meter (7-7 3/4). That performance matched those of Robert Grabarz of Great Britain and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar, so all three were awarded bronze medals.

Ivan Ukhov of Russia won gold in the event with a leap of 2.38 meters. Erik Kynard of the United States, a Kansas State jumper who defeated Drouin for the NCAA championship this season, finished second with a leap of 2.33 meters to claim silver.

UPDATE: Canadian television is more than just slightly excited about Drouin’s bronze medal. You can see video of his reaction as well as the medal ceremony in this collection of videos. Drouin was the first Canadian to medal in the high jump since 1976 at the games in Montreal.