Local high jump star’s Olympic medal upgraded

Derek Drouin with his gold medal in high jump at Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Photo courtesy; Jason Ranson; Canadian Olympic Committee

Journal Staff

Derek Drouin is getting a medal upgrade.

The International Olympic Committee announced last week the Corunna native and 2016 Rio gold medalist will have his bronze medal from the London 2012 Games upgraded to silver.

The move comes after gold medal winner Ivan Ukhov of Russia was disqualified for doping, the Canadian Olympic Committee said.

Drouin had finished in a three-way tie for bronze in the high jump in his Olympic debut in 2012 after clearing 2.29 metres.

“We are proud of the way Derek has always represented Canada. The upgrade of his 2012 bronze medal to a silver only adds to the brilliance of his career and reinforces the importance of integrity and clean sport at all levels of competition,” said Canadian Olympic Committee President, Tricia Smith.

“Derek is an amazing champion and ambassador for the Olympic Movement in Canada and around the world.

Drouin did not attend the 2021 Tokyo games or Olympic trials, after a rigorous competitive schedule in Europe last spring took a toll.