Derek Drouin jumps to bronzeAugust 7, 2012
LONDON – Derek Drouin of Coruna, Ont. earned Canada’s latest medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, taking bronze in the men’s high jump event with a jump of 2.29 metres.
“I thought a medal was a realistic possibility. I had to sit there and wait for Jamie Nieto of the USA to miss his jump to confirm the bronze medal, that was really hard,” said Drouin. “It was great to celebrate on the track with the Canadian flag signed by my community in Sarnia. Their support has been amazing. I can’t wait to get my medal tomorrow night.”
Drouin finished in a three-way tie for third with Mutaz Essa Barshim (Quatar) and Robert Grabarz (Great Britain) behind Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov (Russia – 2.38 metres) and silver medallist Erik Kynard (United States – 2.33 metres).
Drouin’s medal is the first for Canada in the high jump since Greg Joy took silver in Montreal in 1976.
“What a night for Derek Drouin and the Canadian Olympic athletics team tonight!,” said 2012 Chef de Mission Mark Tewksbury. “Derek rose to the occasion on the biggest stage and did something that hasn’t been done in close to forty years – an Olympic medal in high jump. I couldn’t be happier and more proud.”
“The Olympic Games are made for moments like this,” said Assistant Chef de Mission Sylvie Bernier. “Derek Drouin surprised a lot of people tonight and now all Canadians will be able to cheer for him as he steps onto the Olympic podium.”
“Derek Drouin’s performance was a thing of beauty,” said Canadian Olympic Committee President Marcel Aubut. “With the whole world watching, his grace and determination were on full display as he focused on the task at hand. Now he is Canada’s newest Olympic medallist and we are all very proud.”
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