Derek Drouin crowned high jump World Champion on final day of 2015 IAAF World Championships

Monday, August 31, 2015

Derek Drouin of Corunna, Ont., capped off Canada’s best World Championships with a gold medal in the men’s high jump in very dramatic fashion. Drouin’s gold brought Canada’s medal total to 8 (2 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze) good for 7th on the medal table. The previous best was five medals from the 2013 World Championships.

Peter Eriksson, Head Coach and Chief Technical Officer, “We are making more semis and finals than ever before, that means we’re more competitive than ever before. Our goal is to win two or three medals at every major international competition. We are going in the right direction.”

In the high jump final Derek Drouin had a clean scorecard through 2.33-metres, as did Guowei Zhang of China and Bohdan Bondarenko of the Ukraine. All three men failed on their three attempts at 2.36-metres so a jump-off for gold was needed. All three men missed on their additional attempt at the height so the bar was moved down to 2.34-metres for a further jump-off. Drouin was the only man to clear it to secure gold and title of World Champion. “I was telling myself that if there was ever an opportunity (to win gold) this was it, I really felt like I was the one to beat, that this was my Championship to lose. I told myself so many times that, you can win this, you can win this, that when it finally happened it was just a relief. I was a little frustrated with the rain today, especially after it hadn’t rain all week. I felt so good coming out of the prelims; I knew exactly where my mark needed to be. Had to start back from ground zero, luckily I made some quick adjustments.”

Elizabeth Gleadle of Vancouver, B.C., placed 11th in the women’s javelin final with a throw of 59.82-metres. Canada’s previous best finish in the event at the World Championships was 16th by Celine Chartrand at the 1987 edition. “I was dropping my arm, it’s a major advantage in the javelin to be tall and have long levers, but if you shorten your arm and you don’t use them, shortens the force you put in the javelin, and therefore how far it travels. I tried to rip it on the third attempt but it just kind of fell apart.”

The women’s 4x400-metres team composed of Carline Muir of Edmonton, Alta., Aiyanna Stiverne of Laval, Que., Sage Watson of Calgary, Alta., and Audrey Jean-Baptiste of Montreal, Que., placed eighth in the final in 3:27.69.

On top of a best-ever medal haul of eight, the team also posted 65 points on the IAAF Placing Table, another Canadian team best at the World Championships. The placing table awards 8 points for gold, 7 for silver, 6 for bronze all the way down to 1 point for 8th place.

Canadian athletes set four national records, established 12 personal bests, and nine all-time best showings in respective events at an IAAF World Championships. Athletes advanced through the rounds at a clip of 45% with 22 athletes advancing to a subsequent round on 49 opportunities.

Canadians in the Top 8

GOLD - Shawn Barber, Toronto, ON, Pole vault

GOLD - Derek Drouin, Corunna, ON, High jump

SILVER - Melissa Bishop, Eganville, ON, 800-metres

SILVER - Brianne Theisen-Eaton, Humboldt, SK, Heptathlon

SILVER - Damian Warner, London, ON, Decathlon

BRONZE - Andre De Grasse, Markham, ON, 100-metres

BRONZE - Ben Thorne, Kitimat, BC, 20km race walk

BRONZE - Men’s 4x100-metres (Aaron Brown, Toronto, ON, Andre De Grasse, Markham, ON, Brendon Rodney, Brampton, ON, Justyn Warner, Markham, ON)

4th - Christabel Nettey, Surrey, BC, Long jump

6th - Women’s 4x100-metres (Crystal Emmanuel, Pickering, ON, Kim Hyacinthe, Terrebonne, QC, Isatu Fofanah, Edmonton, AB, Khamica Bingham, Brampton, ON)

8th - Matthew Hughes, Oshawa, ON, 3000-metres steeplechase

8th - Women’s 4x400-metres (Carline Muir, Aiyanna Stiverne, Sage Watson, Audrey Jean-Baptiste)

Canadian Records

Ben Thorne, 1:19:57, 20km race walk

Melissa Bishop, 1:57.52, women’s 800-metre semi-final

Damian Warner, 8695 points, decathlon

Women’s 4x100-metres, 42.60, semi-final

Story and Photo from Athletics Canada | Athletics.ca

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