Drouin wins Canadian national title, claims spot on Olympic Team

Derek Drouin posted a leap of 7 feet, 7 inches in the high jump at the Canadian Olympic Trials to take first in the event, claiming a spot on Canada’s Olympic team for the 2012 Games in London. The Indiana star and three-time national champion defeated second-place Michael Mason, who leaped 7-6.

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CALGARY, Alta. – On July 27th, Hoosier fans will see a familiar face when they watch Team Canada parade into the London Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics. IU high jumper Derek Drouin punched his ticket to the Olympics by winning the Canadian Olympic Trials on Saturday.

Drouin cleared 2.31m (7-7) for the win, becoming the only the second person in the world to clear that height three times this season. The junior heads to the London Olympics along with second-place finisher Michael Mason, who cleared 2.28m (7-6). Drouin is the first IU high jumper to earn their way to the Olympics and the second Canadian Hoosier to earn an Olympic spot in track and field, joining hurdler Wes Brooker, who competed in the 1968 games in Mexico City. He is the 26th IU track and field athlete to earn a trip to the Olympics all-time, and his Olympic berth is the 32nd all-time by those 26 athletes. Drouin’s trip to London will mark the eighth consecutive Olympiad with a Hoosier track and field athlete competing.


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