Derek Drouin wins gold at Rio

Corunna native does Canada proud at Olympic Games

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Derek Drouin, who hails from Corunna, took the gold medal in high jump on Tuesday night at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The 26-year-old storied high jump competitor was the only competitor to clear the bar set at 2.38 metres, which tied his season’s best overall.

Unfortunately, while winning the gold, Drouin failed to clear another attempt at 2.40 metres, which would have represented an Olympic record.

The silver medal was won by Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar (2.36 metres). Bohdan Bondarenko of Ukraine took bronze after clearing 2.33 metres.

The last gold medal winner for Canada in this competition was Duncan McNaughton, who

With members of his family in attendance at Olympic Stadium, Drouin celebrated while wearing a large Canadian flag.

According to CBC, the last gold medal winner for Canada in men’s high jump was Duncan McNaughton of Cornwall, who competed at the Games in Los Angeles in 1932.

For his part, Drouin had previously earned 2015 world champion status and was the gold medal winner at the Pan Am Games. He was the bronze medal winner in the event at the 2012 Olympic Games, clearing 2.29 metres.

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