Eleven was Canada’s number Tuesday as Derek Drouin leaped to a bronze medal Tuesday night at Olympic Stadium, lifting Canada’s medal count to 11 on Day 11 of the Games.
“I thought a medal was a realistic possibility,” said Drouin. “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. It was great to celebrate on the track with the Canadian flag signed by my community in Sarnia. They’re support has been amazing.”
Clearing a height of 2.29 metres, Drouin of Corunna, ON collected his bronze in a three-way tie with Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Robert Grabarz of Great Britain. Teammate Mike Mason of Nanoose Bay, BC cleared 2.25 to finish eighth in the event. Ivan Ukhov of Russia earned gold, while Erik Kynard of the U.S. took silver with jumps of 2.38 and 2.33