Derek Drouin wins Olympic High Jump Gold; Cabral 6th in 110mH Final


Derek Drouin of Corunna, Ont., won Olympic gold in the high jump with a best jump of 2.38-metres, equalling his season’s best. Drouin had a clean sheet through 2.38-metres to secure the win. After securing gold he took one attempt at 2.40-metres, the Olympic record. Drouin’s win is Athletics Canada’s third medal at the Rio Olympic Games.

“The last couple of days I’ve been feeling so confident, there was no exhale when there was only three of us and I was guaranteed a medal, I came here to win gold. I was confident in my preparation. I was feeling so good, if Bondarenko cleared 2.40-metres I was ready to clear it as well. When you grow up idolizing some of the great Canadian athletes that have won Olympic gold, it’s really difficult to see yourself as one of them. I don’t know if I can ever consider myself in that company (Bailey, Le May Doan, etc).”

Derek is the first Canadian to win back to back medals at the Olympics Games since Phil Edwards did it in the 800-metres in 1932 (Los Angeles) and 1936 (Berlin). He is the second Canadian to win high jump gold since Duncan McNaughton accomplished the feat in 1932.

Jonathan Cabral of Péribonka, Que., placed sixth in the 110-metre hurdles final in a time of 13.40. Jonathan, only 23-years old, advanced to the final earlier in the session, he is the first Canadian to make a 110-metre hurdle final since Charles Allen did it in 2004 (Athens, Greece, placed 6th). “I was so into the moment that I really couldn’t tell how I executed, I’m just ecstatic that I was in that race, and that I made it this far in my first Olympic Games. Being in the Olympics had been a dream since I was 4 or 5.”

Derek over the last 4 years  

2012 – Olympic Games bronze
2013 – World Championship bronze
2014 – Commonwealth Games gold
2015 – Pan American Games gold
2015 – World Championship Games gold
2016 – Olympic Games gold    


Kelsie Ahbe came through with a big performance to qualify for the women’s pole vault final. Ahbe jumped a personal best of 4.55-metres to book her ticket into Friday’s final.

In the men’s 200-metres Aaron Brown and Andre De Grasse advanced to the men’s 200-metre semis.

Nathan Brannen and Charles Philibert-Thiboutot advanced to the men’s 1500-metre semi-finals.

In the women’s 100-metre hurdles Phylicia George and Nikkita Holder made it through and will race in the semi-finals.


Men’s high jump Final

Derek Drouin, Gold, 2.38m SB

Men’s 110-metre hurdle Final 

Jonathan Cabral, 6th, 13.40 

Men’s 110-metre hurdle semi-finals

Jonathan Cabral, 4th in semi-final 2, 13.41 q

Women’s 200-metre semi-finals 

Crystal Emmanuel, 8th in semi-final 3, 23.05

“I didn’t get the result I wanted, I’ll have to go back, look at film and see what happened. I knew I was in lane 1 since yesterday so my coach and I had prepared for it, adjusted the race strategy accordingly.”

Women’s 400-metre hurdle semi-finals 

Noelle Montcalm, 6th in semi-final 1, 56.28

“I started well as I usually do and I felt like I was right in the race, I got a little hung up on hurdle eight, lost all my rhythm and momentum. After that I didn’t have everything I needed to advance, needed to be a little bit quicker. I knew making the final was a bit of a long shot, I needed to run a really good personal best. Overall I am very excited and happy with my season, I would have liked to at least run a personal best in that semi-final.”

Sage Watson, 4th in semi-final 3, 55.44

“I didn’t execute the way I should have; it’s disappointing because my personal best would have put me in the final. I fell a little bit short of my goal, but I’m just honoured to be here, my first Olympic Games.”

Women’s long jump qualifying

Christabel Nettey, 12th in Group A, 6.37m

“I felt decent, but overall this season hasn’t been up to standard, I’ve been battling a bunch of injuries, my training hasn’t been as consistent as last year. I tried my best, unfortunately it wasn’t enough.” 

Women’s javelin qualifying

Elizabeth Gleadle, 9th in Group A, 60.28m

“I’m really happy with my headspace, it was way better than last year in Beijing (Worlds). Some things are improving, I’m happy with how I attacked the runway today, I’m moving in the right direction, now I can work on a few little technical things and put it all together. I was really excited to throw tonight, I felt really good coming in.” 

Women’s 5000-metre heats

Jessica O’Connell, 13th in heat 1, 15:51.18

“I went into the race with a singular goal of making the final, in the deepest of my heart I believed I was capable of it, I put myself in position to do that, through half of the race. I knew I had to keep contact with the front if I wanted a chance, I held on as long as I could. All of a sudden it got really, really hard, every step I took hurt, I just couldn’t do it, that’s tremendously disappointing.”

Andrea Seccafien, 11th in heat 2, 15:30.32

“There was a lot of bumping, I knew that’s how it was going to be at the Olympics, I feel like I wasted a lot of time trying to go around people, I was right there with two laps to go, that wasted energy cost me the final. It was a dream year, but I wanted to do more.”

Men’s 1500-metre heats

Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, 8th in heat 1, 3:40.04 q

“Le plan de course était de resté dans le top 5, donc dans une position pour me qualifier automatiquement. Ce qui vient avec essayer de rester dans le devant est que tu dois jouer au coude avec les autres, c’est ça qui est arrivé, probablement qu’avoir couru large m’a couté dans le dernier 100 mètres. Là je me croise les doigts d’avancer (il a avancé).”

Nathan Brannen, 4th in heat 2, 3:47.07 Q

“I think I made a lot of mistakes early on, there was a lot of jostling at the back. It wasn’t the best strategy ever, I tried to stay close to the front, not control the race, but be in contention the whole way. I was getting pushed around and was stuck in seventh to ninth. I just kept my composure, with 400-metres to go I knew I was fine, I had a lot left in me, stayed relaxed and kicked home. Big last lap is my kind of race.”

Women’s 100-metre hurdle heats

Phylicia George, 2nd in heat 2, 12.83 -0.2 Q

“I feel like I didn’t really hit it in the beginning so it took me a little while to get going. Got the cobwebs out and ready for the next round. My plan was to come in, run hard and advance. Looking forward to running a personal best and advancing to the final.”

Angela Whyte, 6th in heat 3, 13.09 +0.9

Nikkita Holder, 4th in heat 5, 12.92 +1.0 SB q

“I need to clean a few things up, not hit a hurdle and get ready for the next race. The body feels awesome; the mind is right.”

Men’s 200-metre heats

Aaron Brown, 3rd in heat 3, 20.23 +0.3 q

“I wanted to make sure I gave a performance I could be proud of; I was disappointed with myself after the 100m. I drew lane 2, that’s difficult to run for me, being taller. I almost got the auto-qualifier (second), it looks like I am going to qualify on time, so I’m happy about that. In the last 50-metres I was just thinking don’t tie up, keep it going, I was just running to the tape.”

Brendon Rodney, 3rd in heat 7, 20.34 +0.2

Andre De Grasse, 1st in heat 10, 20.09 SB Q

“I was just trying to execute the first part of the race and relax coming home, I had a clear view and no one was with me, just shut it down and get ready for tomorrow. I’m feeling great, I wasn’t that sore after the 100-metres, I feel like I could have run 9.80 in the 100-metres final, I’m going to try and use that leftover energy in the 200-metres. Racing Bolt again will be a challenge, he’s an incredible talent, I feel like I can keep up with him better in this race (the 200m).”

Women’s pole vault qualification

Alysha Newman, 9th in Group B, 4.45m
4.30m: 0
4.45m: 0
4.55m: XXX

“It was a great experience; I can’t wait to come back in Tokyo (2020). I wanted to be top 12 and head into the final, I just fell short, I jumped well, just not well enough.”

Kelsie Ahbe, 5th in Group A, 4.55m PB
4.30m: 0
4.45m: 0
4.55m: 0 PB

“I feel like I executed very well, I was maintaining focus on the things I needed to do to be successful. My goal for the final is that I want to continue maintaining focus on my two cues, and executing properly.”

Anicka Newell, 14th in Group B, 4.15m
4.15m: 0
4.30m: XXX

“I’m bummed with my performance, I wasn’t consistent and that really showed today. I just need to keep training for what comes next. My goal is to be in Tokyo and perform better. This is such a good experience, it’s my first really big competition.”