Drouin Clears 2.40m at 105th Drake Relays, by EME News

Derek Drouin, photo by PhotoRun.net


DES MOINES (USA, Apr 25): Six individual Moscow rematches at the 105th HyVee Drake Relays (evening attendance 10 924 spectators) brought six world leads in the early season and mainly superb 240 clearance by Canadian olympic and world medalist Derek Drouin. In third attempt he improved the Canadian record and equaled the North American record of Charles Austin from 1996. He is also 10th ever outdoor jumper with 240 clearance (5 more got 240 only indoors). Drouin season opener is one of the best season openers ever and first 240 in the month of April. He cleared all heights including 232, 235 and 238 in first attempts.  Second Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard 235 with Dusty Jonas also superb 235 (his secon career mark). World champion LaShawn Merritt continues in his dominacne from last year and with 44.44 beat Kirani James 44.60 and another top medalist Luguelin Santos 44.72. Fourth Yousef Al-Masrahi 45.02 and fifth triple olympic winner Christian Taylor with personal best 45.17. Another Moscow winner David Oliver lost with very good 13.23 (+1.0) to Jamaican Olympic medalist Hansle Parchment 13.14 meet record. Third World medalist Ryan Wilson 13.30 over Jeff Porter and another Jamaican Andrew Riley (both 13.35). In the men 400 m hurdles world silver winner Michael Tinsley with 48.57 beat Javier Culson 48.68, Johnny Dutch 49.24 followed closely by Jeshua Anderson 49.25 and former World champion Bershawn Jackson 49.32 with Olympic winner Felix Sanchez 6th (49.84). Kenyan Hellen Obiri won the 1500 m in another world lead 4:04.88 ahead of US 800 m world medalist Brenda Martinez 4:06.96, third US Heather Kampf with 4:07.15 personal best. Outdoor world lead also for Cuban Yarisley Silva with 466 women pole vault clearance ahead of Mary Saxer 446. Star US team won the women shuttle hurdles in second fastest ever 50.93 (Brianna Rollins, Lolo Jones, Vashti Thomas, Queen Harrison). Second Jamaica 52.01 (Sh. Williams, Bliss, Morgan, Greaves) and another US team was a non-finisher (Coward, C. Davis, T. Jones, Eades). Top all-time result is here 50.78. Another top US selection in expected composition with Tiffany Porter, Kellie Wells and Dawn Harper-Nelson scratched.

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