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Derek Drouin captured bronze in high jump at world championships on Thursday.

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Derek Drouin captured bronze in high jump at world championships on Thursday.

MOSCOW -- Derek Drouin wanted everyone to know his Olympic bronze medal last summer was legit.

He sent that message loud and clear Thursday at the world track and field championships, capturing another bronze in men's high jump and setting a Canadian record in the process.

The native of Corunna, Ont., cleared 2.38 metres to finish behind Bohdan Bondarenko of Ukraine, who won gold with a jump of 2.41. Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar took silver in 2.38 while reigning Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov of Russia finished fourth at 2.35.

'I wanted to prove this year that I deserved to be on the podium in London 2012, feels good to have accomplished that goal'

-- Derek Drouin

"I wanted to prove this year that I deserved to be on the podium in London 2012, feels good to have accomplished that goal," Drouin said.

Drouin's bronze in at the London Olympics was the lone Canadian medal in track and field last summer, but he has company in Moscow. Decathlete Damian Warner (bronze) and heptathlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton (silver) have also been on the podium at the world championships.

"I was joking after that I never thought I would only place third jumping 2.38 metres, I'm certainly not disappointed, it was an incredible competition," said Drouin. "I felt like 2.41 metres was attainable but it's always emotional when you set a personal best, getting another one in the same competition was a daunting task. That height is definitely a realistic goal for me now."

Matthew Hughes of Oshawa, Ont., also set a Canadian record, placing sixth in the 3,000-metre steeplechase in 8:11.64.

"With a lap to go I knew I was on pace for (the Canadian record)," said Hughes. "I tried to stay with the Kenyan pack and fight all the way. It was a huge relief when I saw the time come up on the board."

Alex Genest of Lac-aux-Sables, Que., placed 13th. In men's shot put, Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, B.C., qualified seventh with a throw of 20.39.

"I have no clue what it will take to medal, that's always a moving target," said Armstrong. "It's wide open. A lot of guys are in great shape, including me."

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 16, 2013 C4

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