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Derek Drouin headed back to Olympics

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Barry Wright

As expected, Corunna high jumper Derek Drouin will again wear Canadian colours at the Olympics – this time in Rio.

Drouin won a bronze medal in London four years ago with a jump of 2.29 metres, but has since improved his personal best to 2.40 metres and is the reigning World, Commonwealth and Pan American champion.

Derek Drouin
Derek Drouin

After winning the men’s high jump at the recent Canadian Track and Field Championships in Edmonton, with a jump of 2.30 metres, the St. Patrick’s grad was officially nominated by Athletics Canada last week to be part of Canada’s track and field squad.

Former Sarnian Hilary Stellingwerff (nee Edmondson) was also named to the team after finishing third in the women’s 1500 metres at the nationals.

At the 2012 London Olympics, Stellingwerff, a graduate of St. Christopher’s, missed out on qualifying for the 1500 meter final by one-tenth of a second.

Meanwhile, Derek Drouin’s older sister Jillian will not compete in Rio. She had solid showings in several events at the nationals, including a third place finish in the women’s high jump, but wasn’t named to Team Canada.

 

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