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Rio 2016 Olympics Drouin claims high jump glory

Derek Drouin produced a near-perfect performance to claim gold in the high jump at Rio 2016.

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Derek Drouin produced a near-perfect performance to claim gold in the high jump at Rio 2016.

The Canadian, one of three athletes to take bronze at London 2012, added the Olympic title to the World Championship gold he won last year by delivering an impressively consistent performance.

Drouin passed all of his heights at the first attempt to lay down a marker with a jump of 2.38 metres that proved unbeatable. 

Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim, also a bronze medallist in London, had successfully cleared every height at the first time up until the 2.38 mark, failing three times as his hopes of gold faded.

But Barshim took second spot on the podium as Bohdan Bondarekno, having skipped 2.36, made two failed attempts at 2.38 before opting to move to 2.40 in a bid to keep the competition alive, only to clatter into the bar with the Ukrainian left to settle for bronze.

Drouin tried to break the Olympic record with one ultimately unsuccessful effort at 2.40, but that will be immaterial to the 26-year-old after he clinched Canada's third gold of the Games.

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