Drouin at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics
March 6, 1990 |
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight||176 lb (80 kg; 12.6 st)|
|College team||Indiana Hoosiers|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||High jump: 2.40 NR, Des Moines, 2014|
Derek Drouin (born March 6, 1990) is a Canadian high jumper from Corunna, Ontario. He won a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London in the high jump competition as well as the bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics. With that jump of 2.38m he set a national record in the high jump for Canada. He would go on to better that height to 2.40 metres (7 ft 10 in) during the 2014 season, becoming just the tenth man in the world to ever clear that height in outdoor competition. In addition to these other successes, he is also a five time NCAA champion in the high jump. Drouin is the reigning Commonwealth Games champion when he won gold in Glasgow during 2014.
Drouin first achieved international success when he won the 2009 Pan American Junior Championships in high jump for Canada, clearing 2.27 m. He would continue on in his career competing in the NCAA with the Indiana Hoosiers track team where he would be the first Hoosier athlete to win an NCAA championship in high jump. Prior to the 2012 season Drouin had never competed at any senior level World Championships. Drouin won the Big Ten Athlete of the Year after becoming the first athlete in NCAA history to win 5 NCAA championships in the high jump.
He competed in the high jump event at the 2012 Summer Olympics after winning the Canadian national championships with a 2.31 to edge out compatriot Michael Mason who also competed in London. Drouin was almost unable to get to the point where he could compete at the Olympics, having torn three ligaments in his foot in 2011 after jumping in a meet in Mississippi State and only returned to competition in April 2012. In two Diamond League meets in London and Monaco before the Olympics, Drouin won and finished third with a 2.26 and 2.30 for each respective meet. Drouin won the Bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England with a jump of 2.29 metres. This was Canada's first medal in high jump since the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal when Greg Joy medalled for Canada.
2013 World Championships
The 2013 World Championships in Athletics that took place in Moscow was the next major global competition for Drouin. At these games he again found himself in the bronze competition with a personal best and a national record 2.38 m, but was unable to achieve 2.41 m. In contrast to London he did stand alone in third place with Mutaz Barshim in second and the 2013 world leader Bohdan Bondarenko winning the gold. Drouin had a lot to say of the moment but felt he could achieve more "I wanted to prove this year that I deserved to be on the podium in London 2012, feels good to have accomplished that goal. I was joking after that I never thought I would only place third jumping 2.38 metres, I'm certainly not disappointed, it was an incredible competition. I felt like 2.41 metres was attainable but it's always emotional when you set a personal best, getting another one in the same competition was a daunting task. That height is definitely a realistic goal for me now."
One month after the Worlds, Drouin won his first major international title at the 7th edition of the Francophone Games held in Nice, France on Saturday September 14, 2013. Three men cleared 2.30m in the High Jump, but victory went to Drouin as he went over on his first attempt, while France’s Mickael Hanany and Romania’s 2009 Francophone Games champion Mihai Donisan needed three attempts each at that height.
As a result of his record breaking season Drouin won three major awards from Athletics Canada. He was awarded the Jack W. Davies Trophy as outstanding athlete of the year, plus the F.N.A Rowell Trophy as athlete of the year in field events, and the Cal D. Bricker Memorial Trophy for outstanding performance of the year.
New Heights in 2014
Building on his new breakthroughs, the following outdoor season saw Drouin reach new heights when he bettered his Canadian record jumping 2.40 at the 2014 Drake Relays event in Des Moines, Iowa. In that Friday evening competition on April 25, he cleared the first 8 heights - each on his first attempt - winning at 2.38m: Americans Erik Kynard and Dusty Jonas both cleared 2.35m and were second and third respectively. Drouin then cleared 2.40 on his third attempt for a new Canadian record (and did not attempt to jump higher). Drouin was proud of reaching what he deemed a prestigious height saying "That is a huge barrier distance, I think, for any elite high jumper. It's kind of like the first time making two metres, or seven foot being an elusive seven-foot club. Two-forty has only been cleared by a handful of people ever, so as a high jumper I think I've sort of coined that as my lifetime goal." As a result of the jump, Drouin became just the tenth man in the world to jump 2.40 or higher outdoors, while five others have done it indoors.
Drouin went to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in July, there he won the gold medal with a jump of 2.31 m, while he failed to clear a jump of 2.37 on his next attempts at trying to set the Commonwealth Games record. Teammate Michael Mason finished behind Drouin in the bronze medal position.
- Bronze Medal, 2013 World Championships, Moscow, Russia
- Bronze Medal, 2012 Summer Olympics, London, England
- 1st, 2010, 2012 National Championships, Calgary, Canada (Olympic "A" Standard).
- 1st, 2010, 2011, 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships
- 1st, 2010, 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships
- World Record (indoors): Heptathlon High Jump, 2.30 metres (1091 points), Big 10 Indoor Championships, Geneva, Ohio, February 22, 2013 
- 10th place, 2007 IAAF World Youth Championships, Ostrava, Czech Republic, August 19, 2006
- Personal Best (outdoors): 2.40 metres, Des Moines, IA, April 25, 2014
- Personal Best (indoors): 2.35 metres, Fayetteville, AR, March 9, 2013
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- IAAF News, 14 September 2013, "Report: Nice, France - Drouin Gets First Major International Title at Francophone Games".
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- "Derek Drouin sets Canadian, meet high jump record at Drake Relays". Winnipeg Free Press. April 25, 2014.
- "Derek Drouin wins Commonwealth high jump". CBC Sports. July 30, 2014.
- Krajewski, Casey (22 February 2013). "Drouin Jumps to World Record in Heptathlon". Indiana Daily Student. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
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