Canada’s Derek Drouin, the reigning high jump world champion, will look to better his bronze medal-winning performance at London 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, where the competition is likely to be extremely tough.
As the current high jump world champion, Derek Drouin (CAN) will be regarded as one of the favourites to land the gold medal at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. The upwards trajectory of his career has been constant, seeing him set a new Canadian indoor record at the age of 20 (a jump of 2.33m in 2011) and win three American NCAA championships before earning a bronze medal at London 2012. He shared that accolade with Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT) and Robert Grabarz (GBR), who all tied in third place with 2.29m at the end of a final dominated by Russia’s Ivan Ukhov (2.38m).
In a closely contested battle at the 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing’s “Bird’s Nest” stadium on 30 August 2015, Drouin beat China’s Xhang Guowei and 2013 champion Bohdan Bondarenko (UKR) to claim his first global crown. The trio enjoyed faultless runs until they reached 2.36m, which proved a hurdle too far for all of them. After an additional, fourth attempt at that mark failed to separate them, the bar was lowered to 2.34 – a height that only Drouin was able to jump. Zhang and Bondarenko both had to settle for a silver medal.
That achievement followed a remarkable success the previous year, on 25 April 2014 at the Drake Relays event in Des Moines (USA). There, the fast-improving Canadian became the 10th athlete in history to record an outdoor jump of 2.40m or higher – setting a national record in the process.