April 28, 2014, Des Moines, Iowa (ISN) – Derek Drouin of Corunna, Ont., joined a very exclusive club on Friday evening when he broke the Canadian high jump record at the Drake Relays.
His performance of 2.40-metres also propelled him to the top of the World Leaderboard.
Drouin became only the tenth high jumper in history to clear the magical mark of 2.40-metres.”That is a huge barrier, I think, for any elite high jumper. It’s kind of like the first time making two metres. 2.40 has only been cleared by a handful of people ever.”
The Mercier Scoring Table can help to put Derek’s record-breaking performance in perspective. 2.40-metres in the high jump equates to a performance of approximately 9.83 seconds over the 100-metres, 19.78 seconds in the 200-metres, 1:42.00 in the 800-metres or 2:04:54 in the marathon.
Drouin adds, “To get it this early, and with hopefully a lot of years in my career left to do it again, that was pretty special. I was walking over (to the high jump) with one of the other jumpers and just kind of acknowledged how nice of a day it was, and how we had a really good field, and how I wasn’t about to let such a perfect opportunity to jump high pass me by.”
“I’d be pretty upset if I didn’t at least jump something high. I don’t know that I was expecting quite as high as I jumped, but definitely I was hoping for something big.”
The high jump World Record is 2.45-metres, set by Javier Sotomayor of Cuba in 1993.