BOZICH | Indiana University athletes continue Rio gold rush
With a flawless winning performance by high jumper Derek Drouin Tuesday, Indiana University athletes have won five gold medals at the Summer Games in Rio.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The swimming competition ended at the Rio Summer Olympics Sunday, but athletes with Indiana University connections continued to stack more gold medals than Spain, Croatia, New Zealand, Greece and even host Brazil.
Canadian Derek Drouin, former IU high jumper, won the gold medal in that event Tuesday night in Rio de Janeiro with a jump of 7-feet-9 ¾.
Drouin became the first IU track and field athlete to win gold since Greg Bell won the long jump in 1956.
His victory bumped IU’s medal count to eight, including five gold (two by Lilly King of Evansville; one by Blake Pieroni and one by Cody Miller, all swimmers).
Drouin won the bronze at the 2012 London Games. He made successful jumps at six heights without a miss Tuesday.
According to a Tweet by Indiana associate athletic director Jeremy Gray, current and former IU athletes have won more overall medals than all but 18 nations.
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