Drouin wins bronze at IAAF World Championships, breaks Canadian record

Former Indiana track star Derek Drouin won the bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia on Thursday with a career-best leap of 7 feet, 9 3/4 inches (2.38 meters) breaking his own Canadian record. The Corunna, Ontario native finished behind Ukranian jumper Bohdan Bondarenko, who cleared 2.41 meters, and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar, who cleared 2.38 meters on his first attempt while Drouin cleared it on his second.

Drouin finished ahead of Russia’s Ivan Ukhov, who finished fourth after winning the gold medal at last summer’s London Olympics. He also defeated American Erik Kynard, the silver medalist at last year’s Olympics and Drouin’s NCAA rival when he was at Kansas State. Kynard finished fifth. The release from IU follows.

Drouin Breaks Canadian Record to Win World Bronze                                                                                          

MOSCOW, Russia – Indiana track and field’s Derek Drouin broke his own Canadian National Record in the high jump, clearing 2.38m (7-9.75) to take the bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships. Drouin was one of three jumpers to take attempts at 2.41m (7-10.75), making it the best high jump final in meet history. Drouin’s clearance added an inch to his Canadian and IU record.  His clearance of 2.38m (7-9.75) is the best third-place clearance at any meet in history and is 3.75 inches higher than his clearance for Olympic Bronze a year ago. 

Drouin recovered from a shaky performance in the prelims to clear the first five heights of competition (2.20m, 2.25m, 2.29m, 2.32m and 2.35m (7-8.75)) to put him into a tie for first whent eh bar moved to 2.38m. Drouin cleared the Canadian record on his second attempt, his seventh jump overall in the competition.

All of those jumps took a toll as the bar moved to 2.41m (7-10.75), as he missed on all three, getting good attempts on his second and third turns. Mutaz Essa Barshim of Quatar cleared 2.38m on his first attempt and took silver based on misses. Bohdan Bondarenko of Ukraine cleared 2.41m for the win. Drouin defeated London Olympic Gold medalist Ivan Ukhov of Russia, who took fourth, clearing 2.35m, Olympic Silver medalist and NCAA rival Erik Kynard of USA, who was fifth, clearing 2.32m (7-7.25).

The Corunna, Ontario native had a familiar face in Moscow as IU associate head coach Jeff Huntoon was there as jumps coach for Team Canada. Drouin is the first Hoosier to win an IAAF World Outdoor Championships medal since Danielle Carruthers took silver in the 100m hurdles in Daegu in 2011. He joins Jim Spivey (1987) and Sunder Nix (1983) as Indiana’s only men’s IAAF World Championships medalists in history. Drouin joined Spivey and Nix earlier this year as the only Big Ten track and field athletes to ever win the Jesse Owens Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year award.

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  1. What a feat! Along with the soccer team’s NCAA Championship, Drouin’s is the Hoosier achievement of the year for 2012-2013. Proud he’s a Hoosier and will always be.

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