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IU alum Drouin takes gold in high jump

Derek Drouin won the men's high jump tonight, making it five golds for IU athletes thus far in the Rio Olympics.

Former Indiana track athlete Derek Drouin dominated tonight's men's high jump, taking home the gold medal for his home country of Canada. 

Drouin made six straight attempts, the final jump of that streak was 2.38 meters (7'9 3/4"). That tied his season best and ended up securing him the gold medal.  Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim won silver with a best jump of 2.36 meters,. Ukraine's Bohdan Bondarenko took the bronze and was the last threat to Drouin but missed when he skipped 2.38 meters to try 2.40 meters on his final attempt.

Drouin made one attempt at 2.40 meters after he had won the gold but missed and then declined any further attempts.

This is Drouin's second medal in the event as he took home the bronze in the London Olympics. The Corunna, Ontario native was also the winner of the high jump at last year's World Championships.


Drouin was the first Hoosier athlete to win the high jump at the NCAA Championship. He was named Big Ten Athlete of the Year in 2013 after he became the first to ever win five NCAA championships in the high jump.

Best Olympics in 44 years

This was the fifth gold medal for current or former Indiana University athletes after IU swimmers took home four in the swimming competition. The eight total medals for the school is now the most since the 1972 Olympics in Munich.


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