Drouin Brings Bronze Medal Home for Canada
Oct. 23, 2008
PUNE, India – Indiana freshman high jumper Derek Drouin took a break from preseason training to represent his country, Canada, at the Commonwealth Youth Games 2008. His trip to India was a fruitful one, as he finished third, bringing a bronze medal back to North America.
The Corunna, Ontario, native recorded a height just two centimeters shy of his personal record to take his spot on the medal stand. His mark of 2.09m (6’10 ¼) was equal to that of the second place finisher, Nikhil Chittarasu of India, and just two centimeters short of the gold medal winner, Willem Wayne Voigt of Russia.
“Derek did a great job, particularly when you consider he is fully involved in our pre-season workout regimen,’ Indiana track and field director and head coach Ron Helmer said. “To perform as he did was great for him, his country, as well as Indiana University track and field.”
Drouin will make his debut in Cream and Crimson on Jan. 10, 2009, when the Hoosiers host the Indiana Open. The meet at Gladstein Fieldhouse will open the indoor season.
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