Drouin Set for Olympic High Jump
Aug. 2, 2012
London is the site of the 30th Summer Olympiad, and Derek Drouin is one of seven Hoosiers representing their countries at the games. Drouin, a junior track and field athlete at IU, is a member of Team Canada and will compete in the high jump. Drouin will compete in qualifying on Sun., Aug. 5 at 2:05 p.m. ET. Finals for the men's high jump are on Tues., Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. ET. Qualifying and Finals will both be available live on the internet at NBCOlympics.com, and tape-delayed coverage of track and field action will be broadcast in primetime on NBC.
Drouin cleared 2.31m (7-7) for the win at the Canadian Olympic Trials, clinching his spot on Team Canada. Drouin is the first IU high jumper to earn their way to the Olympics and the second Canadian Hoosier to earn an Olympic spot in track and field, joining hurdler Wes Brooker, who competed in the 1968 games in Mexico City. He is the 26th IU track and field athlete to earn a trip to the Olympics all-time, and his Olympic berth is the 32nd all-time by those 26 athletes. Drouin's trip to London will mark the eighth consecutive Olympiad with a Hoosier track and field athlete competing. Drouin, a Corunna, Ontario native, will be joined in the high jump by second-place finisher at the Canadian Trials Michael Mason (New Westminster, British Columbia).
Out of 36 entries in the high jump, Drouin's season best ties him for ninth best, and Drouin is one of only six competitors with clearances of 7-7 or above at multiple meets this season. At 22 years, 154 days old, only five of the entries in the field are younger than Drouin, the youngest competitor being 19 years, 79 days old (Andrei Churyla of Belarus) and the oldest being 41 years, 147 days old (Dragutin Topic of Serbia). Drouin is one of two current NCAA athletes in the high jump, as Erik Kynard of Kansas State, who took the NCAA outdoor title in June, will represent Team USA.
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